Shades of Meaning -Vocabulary- Ice Cream Words: Students start by writing a common word on the ice cream cone. Students look up synonyms . Creating a large ice cream cone with words that can replace the common words.
My English teacher last year had a list of words to never use and very was one of them. It's extra and is not needed. Words like boring and precise shouldn't need very infront of them to get your point across. I still catch myself using it sometimes though so this is cool.
Focusing on Words with Multiple Meanings Shades of Meaning- Use paint samples to talk about word meanings.The similar shades of paint chips can symbolize the similar word meanings in a tactile learning activity.
Instructional Chart: This chart can be placed in the classroom writing center to give students synonyms to replace simple words. It can be used both as a tool for their writing or as a dictionary to decipher word meanings during reading.