Title: "Multiple Meaning Words"

By: Stephanie Martinez

Edited By: Krystal Billeck and Heather Miller

Textbook Definition: Words for which readers must rely on context in order to determine meaning.

Description of Lesson: Students learn the different meanings of the word "object" and have to use it in a sentence.

Date Observed: November 14, 2011

Teacher and School: Shelton, Stafford Intermediate School

Grade Level: 6th

Objectives of the Lesson: Students will be able to use the word "object" in a sentence with both meanings.

  • Note-taking Notebook

Mr. Shelton asked the students to take out their note-taking notebooks for English and write the word "OBJECT" at the top of a new sheet. He explained to the students that sometimes words have more than one meaning. Mr. Shelton said, "Object is such a word because it has more than one meaning." He had written two sentences on the board:
  1. I object to the loud noise.
  2. The object in the box is a surprise.

He read the first sentence to the students: "I object to the loud noise. What do you think object means in this sentence?" He listened to the students responses and wrote "to disagree with" on the white board next to the sentence. He then read the second sentence: "The object in the box is a suprise. Use your context clues and tell me what you think object means in this sentence. Once again, he listened to the students answers and then wrote "item" and "thing" on the whiteboard next to the second sentence.

Mr. Shelton then said, "I want you guys to use 'object' in a sentence. First in a sentence that means 'to disagree with' and then in a sentence that means 'an item'." Once the students were finished, Mr. Shelton called on a few students to read their sentences:
  • To disagree with:
    • I object! The cake is not white, it is brown.
    • I object to sixth grade not having recess.
  • An item/thing:
    • My brother took an object from my room.
    • That object looks heavy.

After the students shared their sentences, Mr. Shelton asked, "Who can think of another word that means two things? Try to think of a word that can be used as a noun and a verb."
  • Students' Answers:
    • spring
    • punch
    • duck
    • saw
    • stick

Supporting Documents:


My Observations: The students really seemed to enjoy finding new words that had multiple meanings. Many students had their hands raised, but because of time, not all of them could be called upon. I like how Mr. Shelton had the students create their own sentences using both meanings of the word "object" to demonstrate their understanding.

Benefits of Multiple Meaning Words: Learning that some words have multiple meanings will help students in the future when they are reading. If they only know one meaning of a multiple meaning word, then they may get confused when reading on their own.

Drawbacks of Multiple Meaning Words: None