Hello! Multiple meaning words can be so confusing for kids with a language impairment. They finally figure out the meaning of a word and then they hear it used another way. "What?!? How can you paint another coat on the wall? I don't see any coats!" Here are my favorite activities to help kids understand that one word may have two (or even more!) meanings:
1. Read The King Who Rained by Fred Gwynne. Discuss the multiple meaning words used in this book. This also elicits a great conversation about the difference between multiple meaning words and idioms since both are used.
2. Multiple Meaning Word Match-up- This is the easiest lesson to prepare and the one the kids seem to enjoy the most. All you have to do is choose multiple meaning words based on your student's ability level. Cut out the words and definitions. The kids have to match 2 definitions to 1 word. To make this "game" easier, put out less choices. I used this website to find my ability level words.
3. TV411 Have you all discovered TV411? It has excellent lessons that are intended for an older audience. It works perfect for middle school kids. The lesson I have linked includes 3 activities dealing with words that have multiple meanings. Excellent feedback is also provided.
4. Multiple Meaning Word Riddle Book- Have each student create one page for this riddle book. Provide a list of appropriate words for them to choose from. They draw two pictures and write two definitions for the same word. Write the multiple meaning word on the back of the page. Bonus: Share the finished book with all of your students for even more practice!
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