Subject: ELA (English Language Arts), ESL/ELL (English Language Learning)

Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins

Topic: Multiple-Meaning Words

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will explore multiple-meaning words.

Know Before You Start: This lesson can serve as an introduction or review of multiple-meaning words.


  • Read and discuss the first two panels of the sample comic. Explain that the word wave can mean more than one thing.
    • What does the word wave mean in each sentence?
    • Can they think of any other words that have multiple meanings?


  • Read the sample comic to determine the meanings of multiple-meaning words. 

  • Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create their own multiple-meaning word comics. 


  • Discuss the importance of understanding words with more than one meaning. 

  • Encourage students to look for multiple-meaning words while they are reading independently. 

  • Throughout the week, introduce one-to-two words a day that have multiple meanings to reinforce what they’ve learned.


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.
  • Allow students to work in pairs or groups as needed.
  • Adapt this lesson by using more or less complex sentences as needed.


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.