The Game: The object of Multiple Meaning Puzzlers is to introduce and review multiple meaning words.
Research Says: It is important to employ games that “…[make] the foreign language immediately useful to the children. It brings the target language to life” (Using Games in an EFL Class for Children, Y. Mei and J. Yu-jing, 2000); Multiple Meaning Puzzlers does just that.
- Typing paper or cardstock
- Triangle template (below)
- List of multiple meaning words
- Large envelopes/one per student
How to Play
- Students are given an envelope of puzzle pieces to put together.
- Each puzzle contains a multiple meaning word and two meanings that “fit” together.
- Students assemble their puzzles.
- Puzzles are checked for accuracy.
- Additional puzzles are added upon completion. (See variations below for extension activities.)
How to Make It
- The teacher uses the triangle template and makes up multiple meaning puzzlers, copies (enough for each student), and cuts out the pieces.
- The teacher selects words to use based on student interest and ability (see list below to get you started).
- The pieces are placed inside an envelope/one envelope per student.
- The outside of the envelope is labeled “Multiple Meaning Puzzlers” and a list of the multiple meaning words is placed inside.
- The game can be played with a partner or in small groups.
- The game can be timed to see who can complete the most puzzles.
- The number and word selections can vary depending on the ability of the students.
- Students who can complete the puzzles with accuracy and understand the meanings of the words can write stories or create crosswords of the multiple meaning words, or they can do research for additional words. They can add more puzzles to their collection, given a blank triangle template.
- Students are given a blank template to create their own puzzles. Assistance is given as needed.
To Get You Started: Examples of Multiple Meaning Words
act, angle, atmosphere, back, bank, bark, base, bass, bat, bend, bill, bitter, block, board, bomb, border, bowl, box, bright, brush, calf, can, cap, capital, chance, change, channel, character, change, charge, check, checker, clear, coast, constitution, content, count, country, court, cover, credit, crop, current, cycle, degree, depression, direction, draft, draw, division, drill, due, edge, even, face, fall, film, fire, fit, flood, fly, foot, force, formula, freeze, friction, front, fuse, gravity, gum, hand, head, hit, inch, interest, issue, judge, key, kid, king, lean, leaves, letter, lie, light, line, lounge, market, match, matter, mean, mind, model, motion, mouse, negative, odd, operation, order, organ, park, party, past, period, pet, pitch, pitcher, place, plane, place, play, plot, point, pole, power, present, process, produce, product, program, property, punch, raise, rate, reason, report, right, ring, rock, roll, rose, run, safe, saw, scale, school, sense, screen, seal, season, second, settle, shake, ship, shock, side, solid, solution, source, space, spell, spring, staff, stamp, stand, staple, state, star, state, stick, story, stuff , table, tense, tip, tissue, top, track, turn, value, view, volume, wage, waste, watch, wave, work
How might you use this game in your classroom to further study and acquisition of multiple meaning words?