This can be used for multiple meaning words, dictionary skills, or even parts of speech. In this worksheet, students are given multiple definitions for a word. Students must decide which definition goes with each example. Students should be encouraged to analyze the part of speech and possible synonyms. To increase the rigor of this activity, have students explain their answers. I have used this as a mini lesson, tutorial, focused test prep, homework, warmup, and classwork.
Duck 1: Noun any of various typically web-footed swimming birds with the neck and legs short, the body heavy, the bill often broad and flat, and the males and females usually differing in color; also : the flesh of a duck used as food.
Duck 2: Verb, to move quickly: disappear suddenly.
Duck 3: Verb to evade a duty, question, or responsibility.
_____1. Because Johnny decided to duck out of football practice early, he had to run laps the next day.
In looking at this example, students should be able to immediately rule out definition 1 because of the part of speech. To duck is a verb, not a noun. Next, students should look at definition 2 which is moving. Is Johnny moving or disappearing in the example? No. Next, students should examine definition 3. Is Johnny evading something? If students don’t know what evade means, ask them if the example has anything to do with a responsibility. Football practice is Johnny’s responsibility. So, they should be able to figure out that Definition 3 is the answer.