Spelling lists can be the most dull part of a curriculum for gifted students, but with the right twist we can use this weekly activity to broaden their vocabulary and teach them the unique uses of common words.
All words have at least two meanings, but some (such as “upset”) have up to four different definitions included.
Here are a few examples, including the definition and sample sentence.
- pro•ceeds (v) – Moves forward : “This movie proceeds quickly into the action.”
- pro•ceeds (n) – Money gained from an event : “The proceeds from this event are going to a children’s hospital.”
- re•call (v) – To remember : “I couldn’t recall the last time our cousins had spent the night.”
- re•call (v) – To bring back : “The car company had to recall their latest model because of a problem with the seat belts.”
- (n) – 1/60th of a minute : “It takes me only thirty seconds to get to school in the morning.”
- (adj) – Coming after first : “The second person into the class this morning was Jennifer.”
- (v) – To support a proposed idea : “I second the motion to make Jane our president.”
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