3 Easy, Awesome Tips for Multiple Meaning Words

Combining materials and coming up with new ways to meet students’ IEP goals is a great way to make use of the materials you already have. Plus, I find that when my students are having fun in activities that apply the varied goals they have worked on all year, that they really consolidate their growth in a functional way. Don’t you think so, too?
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So here are some tips for getting your students to use their multiple meaning vocabulary while applying other skills, or just having fun!

Catch it!
My students had to  use their knowledge of the word meanings to make inferences when they listened to my clues for the words.  When they thought they knew the word, they had to catch it and use it in a sentence with the same meaning I was giving clues for. The student with the most cards won.

Use colored dice!
Any drill becomes more fun when there are dice to be rolled. My students particularly  love to be able used the colored dice!  I took my definition sheets and color coded each with a colored pencil to match the dice I own and  added a ‘roll again’ for a different number on each set. Pop the page in a page protector or a reusable pocket and you are ready to go.

Students took a die out of a bag (without peeking) and rolled it. They read the matching definition, told the word, used it in a sentence and explained what they meant by the sentence. Then they got to initial that definition. The first student to get initials on all 4 colors was the winner!

Make an organizer fun!
When I played the colored dice game, I realized that some of students were confused about what I was asking them to do. Have you noticed that happening if you don’t mix the tasks up enough? My students learned to do each task, but when they were combined, they didn’t know which answer to give.

So, I made a quick organizer, popped it in a page protector and adapted a set of dollar store dice. After rolling, they had to pick one of their words from their target list and use it in the specified way. If their answer was right, they got to write the word in the box with their color. If not, I modeled the correct response but their turn was over. The student with the most words on the organizer at the end of the session was the winner. To carry it over, now we can play with the die and the word cards, not using the organizer.

These games will be fun with any set of vocabulary words, but using multiple meaning words really makes your students have to think! If you don’t want to make your own word lists, click here to check out mine! What is your favorite activity for getting students to use vocabulary they have learned?
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