2nd Grade - Words With Multiple-meanings

 
     
 
     
 
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2nd
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Words with multiple-meanings
Identify simple multiple-meaning words.
Identify words with multiple meanings also known as homographs. Use context clues to distinguish which homograph to use in sentences correctly.
 

Sample Problems

(1)

What are multiple-meaning words?

(2)

What is another name for multiple-meaning words?

(3)

Give an example of a word that is a multiple-meaning word?

(4)

Give two definitions for the homograph punch.

(5)

Give two definitions for the homograph pet.

Learning Tips

(1)

Many children have trouble distinguishing between homographs and homophones. One way to help your child distinguish between the two is to explain that homographs are spelled the same and sound the same, but have different meanings (Ex. well – feeling great or a hole to get water out of). Think of the word “graph” taken from the word homograph. People write on graphs and homographs are written the same. Homophones are spelled differently and have different meanings, but sound the same (Ex. see – to look at or sea – water you sail on). Think of the word “phone” taken from the word homophone. People listen on phones and homophones sound the same.

(2)

To help your child understand the concept of a word having more than one meaning, have them look through a dictionary. Have your child find an entry word where more than one definition is listed. Encourage your child to read through the definitions. Point out that each definition describes a different meaning for that word.

(3)

When using a dictionary to find the definition(s) of a word, let your child know, that the dictionary lists definitions starting with the most common first. Meaning that the most used definition is placed first after the entry word and so on. Encourage your child to read definitions, so that they are able to find the exact one that they need.

(4)

Multiple meaning words can also have different parts of speech. These words can be nouns, verbs, etc. An example of this may be the homograph “pet”. I pet the dog. (verb) I have a pet at home that is a dog. (noun)

(5)

To help your child better understand homographs, have your child make a list of these words. Encourage your child to use each word in a sentence showing the different definitions.

Extra Help Problems

(1)



Choose the correct definition that goes with homograph used in the sentences.

The boy has a cut on his finger.

cut – 1. (noun) a wound made by something sharp

2. (verb) to separate into pieces

(2)

Choose the correct definition that goes with homograph used in the sentences.

He pet the dog on its back.

pet – 1. (noun) a domesticated animal kept for pleasure rather than

utility

2. (verb) to stroke in a gentle loving manner

(3)

Choose the correct definition that goes with homograph used in the sentences.

Tim will color a picture of a monster.

color – 1. (noun) a phenomenon of light (red, pink, green, etc.)

2. (verb) to change the color of

(4)

Choose the correct definition that goes with homograph used in the sentences.

The company will fire that man because he wasn’t doing his job.

fire – 1. (noun) the phenomenon of combustion manifested in light,

heat, and heat

2. (verb) to dismiss from a position

(5)

Choose the correct definition that goes with homograph used in the sentences.

Mom put a stamp on the letter to mail.

stamp – 1. (noun) a stamped or printed paper affixed in evidence that

a tax has been paid

2. (verb) to strike or thrust the foot noisily downward

(6)

Choose the correct definition that goes with homograph used in the sentences.

There was a crack in the vase.

crack – 1. (noun) a narrow break

2. (verb) to break or split apart

(7)

Choose the correct definition that goes with homograph used in the sentences.

The little girl had her mom use a brush to do her hair.

Cut – 1. (noun) a device composed of bristles typically set into a

handle and used especially for sweeping and smoothing

2. (verb) to apply a brush to

(8)

Circle the homograph that completes the sentence correctly.


The child will _________ on chips before dinner.

snack pet well

(9)

Circle the homograph that completes the sentence correctly.


The mom made a _________ of things she wanted to buy from the grocery store.

block map list

(10)

Circle the homograph that completes the sentence correctly.


Dad built a white _________ around the yard.

plan swing fence

(11)

Circle the homograph that completes the sentence correctly.


The girls packed their bags to go to camp.

camp trap shout

(12)

Circle the homograph that completes the sentence correctly.


Can you guess my favorite color?

float guess thunder

(13)

Circle the homograph that completes the sentence correctly.


Pay your bills before you leave the house.

pay plan map

(14)

Using a dictionary find two definitions for the following homograph.

well

(15)

Using a dictionary find two definitions for the following homograph.

bank

(16)

Using a dictionary find two definitions for the following homograph.

punch

(17)

Using a dictionary find two definitions for the following homograph.

fire

(18)

Using a dictionary find two definitions for the following homograph.

brush

(19)

Using a dictionary find two definitions for the following homograph.

bow

(20)

Draw two pictures that explain the homograph listed below.

fan

(21)

Draw two pictures that explain the homophone listed below.

stamp

(22)

Draw two pictures that explain the homophone listed below.

color

(23)

Draw two pictures that explain the homophone listed below.

part

(24)

Draw two pictures that explain the homophone listed below.

pet

(25)

Draw two pictures that explain the homophone listed below.

cut

 

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