WHAT ARESYNONYMS?SYNONYMS AREWORDS THAT LOOKDIFFERENTLY ANDSOUND DIFFERENTLY Here is a game that tests your knowledgeBUT MEAN THE SAME of synonymsTHING http://www.vocabulary.co.il/synonyms/inteWHY TEACH rmediate/elementary-find-the-synonym/SYNONYMS?STUDENTS USESYNONYMS EVERYDAYWITHOUT KNOWING IT.SYNONYMS ENHANCEWRITING ANDVOCABULARY BYPROVIDING STUDENTSTHE OPPORTUNITY TOFIND A DIFFERENT WAYOF SAYING THE SAMETHING
A Song About SynonymsYour students may be a little old forsesame street but it gets the point across HTTP://WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/WATCH?V=7RQSWGV3NCK
SYNONYM ACTIVITIES:Start out by readingAlexander and theTerrible, Horrible, NoGood, Very Bad DayBy Judith Viorst
*ONCE YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE STORY, TAKE OUT A THESAURUS.*ASK STUDENTS IF THEY KNOW WHAT YOU CALL MULTIPLE WORDS THATMEAN THE SAME THING?USING THE THESAURUS, LOOK UP THE WORD HORRIBLE.*TELL STUDENTS THAT A SYNONYM IS THE NAME FOR MULTIPLE WORDSTHAT MEAN THE SAME THING*ASK STUDENTS IF THEY NOTICED ANY SYNONYMS IN THE BOOK YOU JUSTFINISHED READING*USING THE THESAURUS, TELL STUDENTS THE SYNONYMS FOR HORRIBLE*HAVE STUDENTS PARTNER UP WITH SOMEONE SITING NEXT TO THEM ANDPASS OUT THESAURUS’*GIVE EACH SET OF PARTNERS A WORD CARD TO LOOK UP*AFTER 2-4 MINUTES, CALL ON EACH GROUP AND CREATE A CHART USINGTHE WORD CARDS AND SYNONYMS FOUND*NOW THAT SYNONYMS HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED, THERE ARE MANY GAMESAND ACTIVITIES YOU CAN USE FOR YOUR STUDENTS TO LEARN MORE ABOUTSYNONYMS
PLACE SYNONYM WORD CARDS INSIDE A PAPER BAG AND HAVESTUDENTS SELECT THEM ONE BY ONE.IF STUDENTS PULL OUT 2 WORD CARDS THAT ARE SYNONYMSTHEY MUST WRITE DOWN THE WORDS AND COME UP WITH ONEMORE SYNONYM (USING A THESAURUS)IF THEY PULL OUT 2 WORDS THAT ARE NOT SYNONYMS, THEYMUST WRITE DOWN AND LOOK UP A SYNONYM FOR EACH WORDSELECTED
http://www.scholastic.com/wordgirl/synonym_toast.htm http://www.teflgames.com/msie_synonyms01.htm Fun games to play to practice synonyms online http://www.kidport.com/Grade3/LanguageArts/Synonyms.htmhttp://www.firstschoolyears.com/literacy/word/other/synonyms/interactive/synonyms.htm
MORE SYNONYM ACTIVITIESSynonym Memory : Have students match synonym cards by laying cardsface down and having them select 2 cards at a time. If they select synonyms theyhave another turn. Person with the most cards at the end is the winnerParagraph Replacer:Give students a paragraph with 8-10 words circled in it.Have students rewrite the paragraph replacing the circled words with newwords that are synonyms.Have students answer the following questions about the activity1) Is the writing more interesting with the new words?2) Does the writing still make sense?3) Did you learn any new words from this activity?4) What tools did you use to find the synonyms?
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