Brain Research tells us that when children illustrate as part of the learning process, it deepens the learning. In fact, integrating any of the arts has this affect on learning!
My students did this activity on homographs this week:
My kids were so excited about the double meanings of words, they had a blast! Plus, they created some awesome illustrations to prove their understanding! Here are some of them:
|Change can mean the money that you get back. Or Change can mean if you get your clothes dirty, you could change them!|
Tip can mean a tip of a pencil or the tip at a restaurant.
Foot can mean football or foot can mean a foot.
Broke can mean I broke up or broke can mean no money.
Bat can mean a baseball bat or a bat who flies.
Key can mean a house key or key can mean a computer key.
Rose can mean a flower or Rose can mean a girl's name.
Well can mean a wishing well or well can mean getting better when you're sick.
March can mean they are marching or March can mean the month of March.
Aren't their drawings amazing?
They actually thought of meanings of these words that I hadn't come up with! I love when they think of things I don't, in fact, I always love when the kiddos are thinking!
This is a perfect activity to keep in the "sub tub". It requires little preparation (just run off the papers), the kids enjoy it, and it's easy to leave directions for another teacher!
Plus, these kiddos really know their homographs!