This resource contains two sets of cards. The first set contains words that can have multiple meanings. The second set of cards each has two sentences with a word left out. The two sentences can be completed with the same word, but contextually shows how the word has two different meanings. There are 80 (40 word cards & 40 sentence cards), so you may want to narrow the set down a bit before putting them out for the game OR you could have two groups playing at the same time.
One way to use these cards is with a simple game which can be played with 2 or 4 players (an even number). Here are the directions:
- Place the word cards face down in a stack in the middle. The sentence cards are then split up evenly between all the players. Students take a few minutes to read the sentences on all their cards before play begins.
- The first player then picks a word card from the stack and decides if the word would fit into BOTH sentences on one of their cards. If it does, then the student reads both of the sentences aloud using the word they picked from the stack. If the rest of the players agree that the word makes sense in both of the sentences, then the first player gets to lay down a match.
- If the players don’t agree that it makes sense in both sentences, then the word card is placed in the bottom of the stack and it is the next player’s turn.
- If the word card that is chosen will not fit into any of the sentences on the cards they have in their hand then the student returns the card to the bottom of the stack and play resumes.
- The winner is the first student who has laid all of their cards down in matches first.
You could also use the word cards at an independent center where students draw a card, think of the various meanings and write sentences to show two different meanings of the word. If you choose this way, then you could use our Multiple Meaning Sentence Recording Page to go along with it.
Yet another use is to use only the sentence cards. Partners take turns drawing a card and reading the sentences. If they can think of the one word that completes both of the sentences then they get to keep the card. If not, then it goes in a discard pile (or the other student could have the chance to “steal” by figuring out the word, and then he/she gets to keep the card).