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Shades of Meaning Activities

Grade Levels
2nd - 4th
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30 pages
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Students need lots of practice to distinguish between subtle differences in word meanings. These activities provide engaging ways for your students to practice this skill.

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*A poster in color and black & white
*12 reference cards (use on a ring or in interactive notebooks)
*Eight printable activities
*A center for students to sequence shades of meaning
*Print-friendly black & white version of the center

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Distinguish shades of meaning among related words that describe states of mind or degrees of certainty (e.g., knew, believed, suspected, heard, wondered).
Distinguish shades of meaning among closely related verbs (e.g., toss, throw, hurl) and closely related adjectives (e.g., thin, slender, skinny, scrawny).


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