July 22, 2015
By Jen Kessel

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Multiple Meaning Motivation

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Do you need extra help for EL students? Try the Words that Sound the SamePre-lesson.
EL Adjustments
Do you need extra help for EL students? Try the Words that Sound the SamePre-lesson.

Students will be able to identify multiple-meaning words.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments
(15 minutes)
  • Ask the class what it means to have a multiple-meaning word.
  • Once the class has a chance to discuss, sum up their thoughts by telling them Multiple-meaning wordsAre words that sound or are spelled the same, but have different meanings.
  • Show the book Good Work, Amelia BedeliaTo your students and tell them to watch and listen for something that could fit the multiple-meaning description.
  • Read the story.
(3 minutes)
  • Show students some examples of multiple-meaning words. Examples: In the Fall, leaves turn orange and fall to the ground. Their family got there safely. It was windy on the windy road.
  • Tell the students that they are going to take what they've learned about multiple-meaning words and put it into their own work.
(5 minutes)
  • Allow students to brainstorm with seat neighbors some different multiple-meaning words that they could use in their own writing. Have them write down all their ideas.
(20 minutes)
  • Hand out writing paper and have students come up with a short story (about a paragraph) using at least one pair of multiple-meaning words.
  • Have students add a drawing to their story.

Enrichment:Challenge advanced students by requiring more than one example in their piece or require a more complex piece.

Support:Students who need support can use more simplistic pairs of multiple-meaning words drawn up by the teacher and magazines to cut pictures out.

(2 minutes)
  • Observe students' brainstorming discussions to check for understanding of the lesson.
  • Collect and grade writing pieces.
(5 minutes)
  • Collect writing when finished.
  • Ask some students to share their pieces with the classes.
  • Make a class book with their finished work. The class can refer back to it throughout the year.

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