This month our topic in room 10 was multiple-meaning words, otherwise known as homonyms or homophones. Words like flour/flower, blue/blew, see/sea… Working on these words helps expand students’ vocabulary, but also increases the connections between different words within their vocabulary. Those connections contribute to overall language skills and vocabulary robustness. Working on multiple-meaning words helps students who are concrete and literal in their thinking to learn to be flexible. Words can mean more than one thing! How cool!

Our first book, Dear Deer, was made of letters between Aunt Ant, and her Dear Deer friend. I put the book on the overhead, and the students enjoyed finding the homonyms on each page. The illustrations helped the more literal students understand the different meanings. Each page had a scene featuring at least one homonym pair, and telling the story of Aunt Ant’s move to live at the zoo.

Amelia Bedelia is a classic story from my childhood, about a MAID who MADE mistakes! Some of the exploits in the book are triggered by idioms (such as when Amelia Bedelia “put the lights out” by unscrewing the light bulbs and hanging them outside!), but others were homonyms (like when she “drew the curtains”… on a piece of paper!). The silliness kept the students engaged, and the fact that it was an older book gave some nice opportunities to learn new vocabulary words (like “draw the curtains” or “dress the chicken”) which most of my students had not heard before.

There are also many jokes which use homonyms for the punchline. We used this set, which is available free on TPT. There are many books featuring jokes also, such as Eight Ate.

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Between the Lions, with Brian McKnight!

Also, homophone MAGIC!

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