How do you teach words with multiple meanings?

How should I teach or target multiple meaning words?

  1. Find/point to the multiple meaning word given a definition.
  2. Identify the multiple meaning word in a joke.
  3. Highlight the multiple meaning word in a sentence.
  4. Find and highlight multiple meaning words in a text.
  5. Identify the correct definition given a set of definitions.

How do you teach the word meaning?

Effective vocabulary teaching has five key principles.

  • Focus on rich meanings, not just dictionary definitions. …
  • Emphasize the connections among words. …
  • Promote usage of the words. …
  • Review is important. …
  • Involve students in identifying some of the words to be studied.