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Words with multiple meanings

Words with multiple meanings


Some words look the same but have different meanings. Same word, different meaning: words like this are called homonyms. Bark is the noise a dog makes and the outside part of a tree.

Download our Words with multiple meanings activity below.

This activity introduces simple homonyms, including cold, wave, and bat. Match the sentences to the pictures. Can you think of any other words that look the same but have different meanings? This activity has also been designed for handwriting practice.

Common Core Alignment:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.K.4.A Identify new meanings for familiar words.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.1.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases.


Deep Dive

Read our report on the Science of Reading. Research-based reading instruction must incorporate the 5 pillars of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. This report provides an easy to understand overview of each of these pillars and explains the important connection between how the brain learns to read (the Neuroscience of Reading) and how we teach children to read (The Science of Reading Instruction). It also explains why helping children build connections between letters and sounds, through phonics and phonemic awareness, is so crucial for the developing reading mind. This report is perfect for sharing with colleagues and friends!