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Age Range: Grade 3 through Grade 5 (Elementary Level)
Overview and Purpose : Close, but not enough... This lesson challenges students to discern between what is true and what is not quite right about three similar vocabulary definitions.
Objective: The student will be able to choose which vocabulary definition is correct when presented with three different choices.
One white board per group
This activity works best when introducing new vocabulary words. Divide the class into trios and assign each group a vocabulary word. The group must then research the definition and create two other definitions that are false, but believable. Each person in the group then states a definition for the class. Each group writes on their white board which definition they think is correct. If the group stumps the class they get a point, if not, each group that guessed correctly gets a point. The group with the most points at the end is the winner.
Students can continue the lesson at home by coming up with ways that they will remember which definitions are correct. They can share their ideas with classmates the next day.