The nature of this benchmark is difficult for students due to the abstract nature of word relationships. There are many thinking steps required of students to answer these types of questions. Often they first need to figure out the meaning of the word---employing context clues. Making sure that they are working with the correct meaning of the word, not just the meaning they are most familiar with, using their knowledge of multiple meanings. Then students must use their logic skills and determine the type of relationship a pair of words has. Even though most standardized tests ask students to identify synonyms and antonyms, the distractors (wrong answer choices) may also be related--but as cause/effect, members of the same category, or whole to part. Students need practice identifying these other relationships to help spot distractors, and to deeply understand the meanings of words. This lesson does exactly that!
Included in this lesson:
* Interactive powerpoint that guides students (and teachers though teacher notes on each slide) through several activities.
1. Hook activity-Students find the relationship between several pictures and must identify the one that does not belong.
2. Introduction to seven common word relationships
3. Vocabulary Speed Dating Activity- Students get a challenge word with a sentence. They must use context clues to unlock the meaning. Then students "introduce" their word to other students and have to identify the relationship.
4. Stand Up If-Students are given a category and must stand up and explain how their word relates to the category.
5. Sample Word Relationship Questions with hints.
6. A guided reading activity that takes students through an article with word relationship questions.
* Word Relationships Bookmark with 7 common word relationships and examples.
* Vocabulary Cards with challenge words and sentences.
* Passage "The Seven Habits of Highly Successful Teens" with questions and answer key.