English Language Arts Grade 3
Language Standard 4
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning word and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content
, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
My World of Words: Building Vocabulary Lists
This lesson from ReadWriteThink uses students' areas of interest both in and out of school to generate personalized vocabulary lists. Working in small groups, students select their own vocabulary words and research their meanings. In a culminating activity that uses text and illustration, each student will create a "My World of Words Journal."
Rooting Out Meaning: Morpheme Match-Ups in the Primary Grades
Students can expand their vocabulary and determine the meaning of unfamiliar words by developing an understanding of morphemes. If they learn, for example, that micro means small and scope means see, they can deduce that a microscope is a device that enables an individual to see small objects. This lesson encourages students to use morphemes to deconstruct and construct words. The students use the Morpheme Match-Ups handout and the Word Central website to engage in morphemic analysis of familiar and unfamiliar words. This lesson allows teachers to easily substitute their own morphemes for each activity.
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