Kindergarten - Words Have Meaning

 
     
 
     
 
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Vocabulary
Words have meaning
Understand that printed materials provide information.
Know that words and/or pictures are used to convey information. Words must be in a distinct order to make sense. Understand that information can be relayed as list of words or in sentences. Some pictures are used universally in case of language barriers.
 

Sample Problems

(1)

If you saw the word ‘happy’, what kind of face would you draw?

(2)

If you saw the word ‘sad’, what kind of face would you draw?

(3)

How do you know if something is poisonous?

(4)

How do you know when to cross the street?

(5)

How do you know when you should not cross the street?

Learning Tips

(1)

Gather everyday food items: cans of food, boxes of cereal etc., Point out list of ingredients explaining that some people need to pay close attention due to food allergies or nutritional content.

(2)

Go over household cleaning products. Some may have a picture of skull which stands for poison. Explain that some items may print pictures as well as words to make certain that the message gets across.

(3)

Medicine also has specific labeling to make certain that dosages are followed. Show your child that the adult medicine and children’s medicine has age ranges as well as dosage limitations. They also contain other warnings. Pictures of children are displayed on those meant for children.

(4)

Get some newspapers and books and explain to them what is being said in the printed sections. Make it fun for both of you. Ask your child to choose the section of the newspaper to have read. Make this a bonding moment.

(5)

Go for a walk around your neighborhood. Point out the various signs and ask your child for their interpretation first. See how close they are to the actual meanings. Billboards will also be useful. Explain the reason for these signs to be posted (safety). Some have specific colorings.

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Extra Help Problems

(1)

Why do some labels also have pictures on them?

(2)

What kind of picture would you see on a label that tells you something is poisonous?

(3)

At a crosswalk, what word appears to let us know it is safe to cross the street? What color is this word?

(4)

At a crosswalk, what words appear to let us know that we should not cross the street? What color are these words?

(5)

Why do they put labels on medicine bottles?

(6)

Why do they put labels on food?

(7)

What can we learn from a newspaper?

(8)

How does a map help us? Why not just tell someone how to get to your house?

 

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