The lesson introduces students to the real-life connections between the words they use and people, places, and things. It will help your students learn strategies to determine the “right” word to use when they are stuck trying to describe a person, place or thing. It includes information related to shades of meaning, homophones, multiple-meaning words, actions and dialogue, and emotions and traits. While students likely already understand the words they use frequently every day, they often struggle with more abstract words to describe their feelings, emotions, or actions. Hands on activities in this lesson give students visual representations for these words, and allow them to practice using them with their teacher and classmates.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction:
- Ask the students: How would you describe real life?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Ask: What is different about real life and imaginary life?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Ask: Can you use the same words to describe real life and imaginary life?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Real-Life Word Connections.
- Distribute Real-Life Word Connections content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Save the final question for the lesson closing. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Pair students. Use 3 to 5 different locations in and around the school for students to use words to describe something in real life. As the class “tours” the school, the teacher will point out a person, place, or thing for students to describe using one or a few words. Examples: Point to a person, ask students to describe their feelings, identify an object and students describe it, etc. The teacher must keep track of each person, place, or thing used. (Responses will vary.)
- Once the “tour” is completed, the students will share their responses.
- Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
- In closing, ask students: What is the most difficult and the easiest thing for you to describe in real life?
Common Core State Standards:
None for Grade 4
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions
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