This packet includes 100 adjective webs. Depending on the number of students you have, this should give you enough webs to do this activity 3 or 4 times throughout the year. I have alphabetized the adjective webs for your convenience. Clustering the meaning of words is one of the best ways for students to build their vocabulary banks. However, the true value of this activity becomes evident when you display the completed webs in your classroom and in the halls outside your classroom. This enables all of the students to see all of the webs and use them to build their individual banks. Adding a picture in the middle circle when help the students to more quickly recall the meaning of the words in each web.
Using the Adjective/Synonym Webs:
1. Hand out an adjective/synonym web to each student. Place one web on your projector and demonstrate how to complete the web. I’ve included a completed web for use as a sample.
2. Hand out a dictionary and thesaurus to each student. Have the students look up the word on their webs. There will usually be one or two synonyms for each word in the dictionary. Show the student that synonyms are usually indicated by SYN after the definition or they are simply in capital letters at the end. Next, have them use a thesaurus to find more synonyms.
3. Next, if they need more synonyms, have them go to the computer and use a site such as www.synonyms.com.
4. Next, after they have found 10 synonyms, tell them to print the words in the ovals. Show them how to print large enough to fill up the space within the oval. Explain that you want anyone who walks by to be able to read the words at a glance. This will improve everyone’s vocabulary.
5. Finally, use the Internet to find a “cartoon drawing of ________”. For example, if the word is stunning, type in the Google Images search box "cartoon drawing of stunning." Make the drawing about 2.5” x 3". Paste the drawing in the middle. This will greatly enhance their memory of the definition.
I encourage the students to refer to these webs throughout the year and to use them in their writing. During writing classes, I've even had students ask if they might go to the Vocabulary walls to find a better word for one of the adjectives they've used or overused in their compositions/essays.