Monday, September 17, 2012

Shades of Meaning

We have been exploring "shades of meaning" aka synonyms for the last week to spruce up our writing.

First we read this book:

Pitch and Throw, Grasp and Know: What Is a Synonym? (Words Are Categorical)
Then using paint strip samples from Home Depot and Lowe's, we brainstormed "shades" of overused words and created anchor charts.
Created by the talented teacher next door:-)

Finally these anchor charts were added to our writing wall for reference during Writer's Workshop. (Can you tell we're working on transition words as well?) 
I'd love to hear from you.  Share an activity you have used for "shades of meaning."


  1. This is awesome!!!! Thanks for sharing!
    The Helping Bridge

  2. We just did this using the Fancy Nancy books! We will be posting about all our activities soon! So happy to see that great brains think alike! :)


  3. Here in Brazil we don´t have so much creative material to use, like these colorful post-its!!! It´s so frustrating sometimes...
    Congratulations for you and thanks for sharing your fantastic ideas!!!

  4. I love the paint shades and synonyms activity! We have used it for anger and anxiety scales from pale to dark colors, pale being calm and dark being explosive, for example. We do this in social skills and emotion awareness units. Thanks for the idea


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