Monday, February 4, 2013

Multiple Meaning Words and a freebie.

Today was the 100th day of school. I had plans to post all about our 100 day activities but I had to go to a meeting in the middle of our celebration and didn't get things finished. So stay tuned and hopefully tomorrow we'll finish our activities and I'll get it posted.
Last week one of our skills in our reading series was multiple meaning words. I don't always follow exactly what is in the reading book. But multiple meaning words are part of common core so I started thinking about how to teach this. My one little word is intention and I'm trying to be a lot more intentional with my lessons. I've been trying to use resources I have to create better lessons. I have been using Brain Pop a lot more. This is the first year we've had a subscription to brain pop as a school and I'm loving it. There are some great videos but I couldn't find anything for multiple meaning words. So my next resource was my computer. I created a powerpoint presentation. I just used clip art from microsoft. The presentation has the word and then one picture showing that is what the kids expect the word to mean. I asked them to think about other meanings of the word. Then with one click, you can reveal another picture of the word. I think I'm explaining too much. I'm sharing the file. Just click here to get the presentation.
Here's a picture of one of slides,
It's not super flashy but it was perfect for my class. I was really proud of how well the kids did coming up with different meanings of the words.
After we went over the presentation, I gave each student a piece of paper. They hot dog folded it and then cut three flaps to make a flip book. They picked three words and wrote and drew a picture showing the two meanings.

This was the first lesson on this topic. I think my next step is to see if the students have any words to add to the presentation and then have them write sentences using each meaning of the word. This was one of our tested skills on our weekly reading test and most of them did well with it. Do you have any tricks to teaching multiple meaning words? If you grab my powerpoint, leave me some love. It makes me smile that I can help other people. My store is still on sale until midnight tonight if you didn't get your shopping done yesterday.
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  1. Thanks for the powerpoint! My students love studying multiple meaning words. Sometimes they think of more than me. We do the same, definitions, sentences. Somewhere online I found a multiple meaning M & was super cute, do a search and mabe you will find it!
    Literacy Spark

    1. I love your post on multiple meaning words. This is a great skill to practice, especially with state testing coming up.

      I found your blog through Maniac Mondays. I am one of your newest followers. I would LOVE if you would follow me back. I just started blogging as one of my New Year’s resolutions.

  2. I just found your blog and am very glad I did. I love how you introduced multiple meaning words. Thank you for sharing! I also looped from kinder to first with a great group of kids this year. We use the same reading series and I have many ELL children. I noticed you have many great ideas posted!
    First Grade Carousel

  3. Thanks so much. A great introduction.