– I teach about multiple meaning words by modeling, direct instruction, and giving a definition. Amelia Bedelia is one of the best series of books for multiple meanings words!
I wear a jacket into the classroom when I teach this lesson.
I have a hard cover copy of the book with a book jacket to support my students (especially my ELL students for the understanding of a book jacket through realia
Teacher reads the beginning of the book: “I will help,” said Amelia Bedelia. “First, I must return some books.” Mrs. Page was astonished. “What have you done to them?” “Remember?” said Amelia Bedelia. “You said these books needed jackets. So I made a jacket for each one.”
Teacher says, “When you read a book and you come across a multiple meaning word, you have to stop and think and ask, what are the possible word meanings? Jacket has more than one meaning. I think that Amelia Bedelia is thinking that jacket is a coat. She does not know that a book can have a book jacket. This is why Peggy Parish includes multiple meaning words for the humor. When you as a reader notice that you want to laugh, search around for a multiple meaning word. It might be there!”
Then I show them the page with the illustration so they can actually see that Amelia Bedelia made jackets out of yarn for every book. The kids love it!
I used the book, Amelia Bedelia, Bookworm for the above example.
Multiple meaning words mean Homographs. These words are words that are spelled the same, pronounced the same, but have different meanings. We need to make sure that when we teach this lesson that the students know and understand what a multiple meaning word is. Homographs are on high-stakes tests (maybe not a great reason to teach). More importantly these are the words that are highly confusing to second language students.
The teacher continues to model using the first few pages of the book, Come Back, Amelia Bedelia.
The teacher shows the students a file folder and shows them how to put papers in a file folder.
The teacher shows the students what a nail file is including this type of toe nail file. The kids need to see realia whenever possible.
The teacher models the word stamp by having the kids stamp on the floor and then show them the stamp that they see on an envelope to mail a letter.
The teacher reads the beginning of the book up to page 42 so that the multiple meaning words, ‘stamp’ and ‘file’ are supported. The pictures show Amelia Bedelia jumping up and down or ‘stamp’ing on the envelopes. It also shows Amelia Bedelia using a nail file cutting the papers that her boss gave her to ‘file’ instead of filing them in file folders.
When I modeled this lesson with students I had a chart posted in my classroom with three columns. First Column: What the literal word says in the text; Second Column: What Amelia Bedelia is thinking the word means; Third Column: What the person saying the word in the text thinks the word means
First Column: file
Second Column: nail file used to clip or cut
Third Column: file that you put papers inThe students turn to apply the lesson during reading
This group of 6-8 students are reading, Peggy Parish’s book, Thank-You, Amelia Bedelia.
The 6-8 students in this group are reading, Amelia Bedelia’s Family Album.
This group of students read the book, Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia.
One quarter of the children are reading the book, Thank You, Amelia Bedelia. This group of children decided to read this book for their book club. They placed sticky notes on the pages where they found a multiple meaning word. Each student in the book club was responsible for finding at least one multiple meaning word. They had three tasks: 1. to identify the multiple meaning word, 2. what Amelia Bedelia thought the word meant, 3. and what the speaker thought the word meant.
After Reading – share multiple meaning words and what Amelia Bedelia and speakers think.
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