Start first by explaining what a multiple meaning word is!
Did you know there are multiple types of multiple meaning words? That was a mouthful wasn't it?
Here is a handy FREE resource that explains the different types, with examples! What is a Multiple Meaning Word? Freebie! Providing examples with pictures and spelling on a whiteboard may help as well!
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Now I cannot take credit for the next tip what-so-ever!
It comes from a book called Stretching a Student's Vocabulary by K. Bromley (2002) I think using their Word-Web strategy would work great for our students who are our visual learners!
Taken from: Bromley, K. (2002). Strategies taken from: Stretching students’ vocabulary: Best practices for building the rich vocabulary students need to achieve in reading, writing, and the content areas
This would be a fun interactive way to visually show students the different means for one word.
You can build the web however you choose. I personally like to write on my kidney bean table with a white board marker! It erases like a charm.
"Multiple Meaning Detectives!" Explain that students must search for clues in sentences that they hear or read, to figure out what a word means.
Example: The woman is wearing a ring on her finger.
The clues are "wearing" and "finger".
What are things we can wear on our fingers? Jewelry? So ring=jewelry worn on a finger!
Once your students have a grasp on Multiple Meaning Words, play my Multiple Meaning Word Bingo.
Students must use their detective skills to figure out what word you are targeting!
What’s the Pic Articulation is a revolutionary app for speech therapy!
Good 'ole bean bag toss!
Have students stand behind a line of tape or a piece of string on the floor and for each meaning they provide for a word, they get to throw a bean bag.
3 definitions = 3 bean bags etc.
For more bean bag ideas check out another guest post I did for the Dabbling Speechie.