Reflection: Routines and Procedures Multiple Meaning Words - Section 3: Practice


It is important to continually practice multiple meaning words throughout the school year.  I find that, with thorough and repeated practice using multiple meaning words, students are more able to infer meaning and not "get stuck" when reading.

Here is an example of what might happen if I weren't diligent with teaching my students multiple meaning words, shades of meaning and different jests and sayings.  If a student hears something such as, "It's raining cats and dogs, " it is really easy for them to get confused and stuck; they are trying to figure out what in the world they just heard while picturing furry animals falling from above!  However, if I have exposed my students to this term or even just some similar terms before, they are more likely to infer the meaning and move on more quickly.  This is what happens with multiple meaning words!
Once students know that a fan is a noun and to fan is a verb, they will be very likely to read, write and speak using this word in both forms!  Nevertheless, if students do not know that I can fan myself and they read, "I can fan my dog," they will be thinking about whether or not I am holding an electrical or battery-powered device!  In the end, it is my job to teach students as many uses for as many words as possible.  After all, the more I expose my students to knowledge of all types, the more they can soak in!

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Multiple Meaning Words

Unit 1: Language Skills Practice
Lesson 2 of 5

Objective: Students will discuss the meanings of multiple-meaning words and phrases.

Big Idea: This lesson helps students to USE words for all they're worth!

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