Suggestions for Use
I have used this list in several different ways. First, I have used it as a desk copy and allowed the students to work on it three or four words at a time either first thing in the morning during vocabulary development time or in a center. If I use it in a center, I have the students work on it during center time. I keep each list in folders with the students’ names on them. When I am working with students individually, I will assign the other students to two or three activities, one of which is Center Time.
I ask that the student find only a synonym for the words, using already familiar synonyms. For example, for the word ultimate, they could write eventual, vital, or critical. Using both eventual and vital or critical reminds the students that words often have very different meanings. For the word macabre, they might write gruesome or horrid. If they can’t find a previously known synonym, then I ask them to write the briefest, meaningful definition that they can.
Another way in which I have used this list is to ask the students to make their own flash cards, with the word printed in large print on one side, and the synonym written on the other side. I allow the students to exchange cards periodically and they will hold up a card and ask the other student for a synonym. They love doing this! At times, I make it competitive and tell them to count the number of cards each has gotten correct, and the winner is the one with the most correct cards. I have provided a form for you to use to use with desk copy or center activity as well as a form for the flash cards.