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Do you want to help students increase their vocabulary and overall language skills?
This is the set you need! Students will sort and organize their world lists. Then they will color them from least intense to most intense.
In an effort to increase the quality of my students language and vocabulary, I researched more about the topic. I came across the idea or sorting words and arranging/ordering them. I had seen the paint chip activities and painting activities, but I needed something quick and to the point because, as we all know, time is precious. These Shades of Meaning activities were created to be used in many different ways in my classroom.
I always make sure to tell students that the EXACT order is not important, but they want to be able to determine the ones that are the most intense and the ones that are the least intense and which words fall in between.
Students color the least intense the lightest with the crayon, then they gradually get darker. This is great for them, both visually and physically. They can feel the intensity increase as they work their way through their words.
Sometimes I give these sheets as morning work, during word work times, during writing, and sometimes for homework. It is amazing how comfortable they become working with the words and sorting them out. The best part is hearing and seeing them start to use new words in their speaking and writing!
I included some worksheets that require the students to apply the skills they have been practicing.
-15 Word Sorting Sheets (with non examples)
-4 Skills Application Worksheets