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This resource for commonly confused words is designed for use as a differentiation station in a secondary classroom. It includes station directions, a discovery organizer, a page of definitions and examples, and a nine-piece puzzle. . In that format, the discovery organizer is editable, and the puzzle has interactive pieces that students will move into place.
The following words are addressed in this station: immigrate vs. emigrate, nauseous vs. nauseated, farther vs. further, conscious vs. conscience, desert vs. dessert, already vs. all ready, every day vs. everyday, allot vs. a lot, and which vs. that.
Suggestions for Use:
✿In response to student writing, place students in a usage and mechanics rotation around the classroom. Those struggling with commonly confused words will visit this station, which might take the form of a file folder. The file should include the station directions, a clear baggie containing the nine pieces of the puzzle, a sealed copy of the intact puzzle for use as a key, and enough copies of the discovery organizer and definitions and examples pages for each student who will visit this station. Have students work alone or in small teams of two or three.
✿In response to student writing, send Google Slides of the station directions, discovery organizer, definitions and examples, and puzzle to students who are struggling with commonly confused words. Instruct them to fill in the discovery organizer before looking at the definitions and examples. The teacher may want to withhold the latter until students have completed the organizer. Students will get the key to the puzzle or have the teacher check it once they are done.
✿Use this station as a remediation tool for one-on-one work with a student.
✿Use this station as a task for students who finish classwork early.
✿Send the discovery organizer home as prep work for a whole-group lesson on commonly confused words. Discuss the work and then put students in pairs to complete the puzzle. Make the task fun by having students race to complete it.
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