This is a two-part activity to help children identify and understand multiple meaning words. Both parts can extend over several days, until the project is completed.
There are 40 (20 pairs) sentence strips. Each sentence strip has one sentence, in which there is a word that is used two different ways (ex., "The bat flew out of the cave" on one strip, and "I hit the ball with a bat") on the other strip. Each strip has a velcro dot at the end, with a clipart picture attached to it. The picture matches the meaning of the word.
Post the sentence strips around the room, without the pictures attached to them(I taped the strips to boards, closets, doors, walls, etc.). Randomly distribute the clipart pictures to students, dividing them into pairs or teams. Give each team a few post-it notes.
Students walk around the classroom, reading each sentence strip, and determining if they have the picture that matches the sentence. When they find matches, then they attach the correct picture to the sentence strip (the picture has the other part of the velcro). They read the sentences carefully, looking for context clue words that helped them decide which was the correct matching picture. They write these on the post-it note and put it on the sentence strip. Students share out their matches.
The second part of the activity reinforces the first, and provides children with a personal study booklet of multiple meaning words. Students work at their desks with the booklet and smaller sentence strips. Before this activity, copy the pages of the cut-out strips, one set for each child. Mix them up and place them in a ziplock bag. Students work together in collaborative groups to glue the correct sentences next to the picture clue. Don't forget to open the pages of the book wide, to allow for drying!
My students loved this activity. It got them up, moving, and working with each other! It was labor-intensive for me-writing out 40 strips in my best teacher handwriting, looking for clipart, laminating and cutting the clip art out, attaching velcro dots, then creating the booklet and each of the sentences. It took several weeks, but it was well worth the effort! I only have one set of strips, and that will be sold as part of the entire package. The entire package consists of 5 booklets with the 40 pictures in them that you can reproduce. The first page is shown here. Also, the sentence strips with pictures, and one copy of the cut-and-paste sentences for the booklet that you will reproduce for each student. I can provide the booklet and smaller cut/paste sentence papers also. I hope you find this interesting enough to include in your tools for teaching. It's one-of-a-kind!