Saturday, December 29, 2012

Multiple Meaning Words All Year Round

One vocabulary area that seems to challenge many is: providing two or more different definitions for multiple meaning words. It always seemed as though addressing a goal encompassing multiple meaning words over a few weeks or even months was never enough time to see students make measurable gains; therefore, I decided to target them all school year. Then, I took it one step further and developed word banks for monthly calendars based on a seasonal activity, event, or category. I found that asking students to provide a definition relative to the theme was helpful. At the beginning of every session, each student provides one definition for the day's target word. Every Friday, I wrote "Review Day" on the calendar so students could pick whatever word they wanted from the past week. Below are word banks you can use to make your own calendars. If you would like to read more about my lesson plans for multiple meaning words, follow this link to my published article in Advance Magazine for Speech Language Pathologists.
http://speech-language-pathology-audiology.advanceweb.com/Article/Multiple-Meaning-Words-in-Middle-School.aspx

January (Hockey words): slip, icing, sticks, fans, ice, mask, uniform, slash, goal, net, line, slide, glass, coach, pass, shoot

February (Body Parts): head, ear, limb, hand, feet, nail, face, arms, foot, lash, gum, calf, back, arm

March (Baseball Words): bat, batter, pitcher, run, home, strike, ball, coach, hit, fan, plate, fly, diamond

April (Animal words): bark, duck, hog, bear, clam, fly, bug, fish, bat, snake, crane, chicken, monkey, pig, rat, badger

May (Action words): join, drive, straighten, play, grill, settle, observe, grasp, spare, take, spin, stand, fire, fix, beat, lose, shake, sign, miss

September (Things You May Find in Your Home): iron, key, light, bed, screen, shed, sink, yard, fan, entrance, deck, plant, table, pool, steps

October (Basketball): ball, hoop, court, coach, dribble, pass, shoot, basket, net, quarter, foul, travel, trip, charge, block, run, steal, fan, tie

November (Football): ball, tackle, coach, quarter, half, run, pass, field, guard, fan, wave, catch, practice, cover, down, flag, cheer

December (Holiday/ Seasonal words): cold, present, ice, star, shop, stockings, bow, trip, open, light, wrap, tag





7 comments:

  1. love the idea! I work with high schoolers and I feel the same way - I'm going to alter this for them. awesome!

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    1. Thanks!! Glad you can use it;)

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    2. Love it, love it! I will be using this with my older kids when I go back next week. I work on multiple meanings often. I did a guest post on multiple meaning baseball words over at Playing With Words 365 if you want to check it out. http://www.playingwithwords365.com/2012/10/targeting-ultiple-meanings-with-baseball-cooking/ thanks for the great post! Rose :)

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  2. I like this idea of grouping words based on theme by month! Nice idea. Also like the review day! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Thanks for the link, Rose! I just might have to use that in the Spring! I appreciate all the feedback, thanks ladies!

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  4. Wonderful! Do you happen to have these calendars somewhere for download?

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    1. Sorry, but I created these on a computer at a prior school position. I only have the hard copies on 2012 calendars. All the words above can be easily added onto current monthly calendars though;)

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