Additional Vocabulary Building Activities

Why say that someone is nice when you could express so much more by calling this person delightful, charming, or gracious? After going over a sample word, have your pupils exercise their synonym skills by assigning each pair an overly used word and asking them to find alternatives.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Personalize this activity by using words that you've specifically noticed being used far too often when reading and grading student work
  • If you have tablets or laptops available, this would be a great time to pull out the dictionary and thesaurus apps
  • Provides two worksheets: one meant for teacher modeling and the other designed for partners to fill out as they use a dictionary or thesaurus
  • The resource also offers additional vocabulary activities and examples of how these might turn out
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