Tip: Categories and Examples
How do I do it?
Based on the topic of study, choose 2-5 categories for that topic. Create a large chart with columns headed with the categories you choose. Next direct pairs to work together with one post-it and make an example for that category in words or drawing. For example in a unit on nutrition, you might choose the categories fruits, grains, vegetables, dairy & protein. Or, when studying forms of government, categories could be: dictatorship, democracy, oligarchy etc. Students (in groups or individually) then draw or write an example of one of the categories of their choosing and post it. Discuss the examples offered and make any changes necessary.
Variations & Extensions:
Have individual students keep a record of the whole class chart. Small groups can take the examples for each category and summarize what the class knows about that category based on the post-it examples given. For beginning proficiency students, give them a selection of picture cards labelled with the corresponding words to place on the chart as examples.
Common Core ELA Language Standard 5
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
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