Shades of Meaning CCSS Aligned Vocabulary & Critical Thinking Activities

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This packet contains a wealth of ideas for oral and written vocabulary development that align with the Language portion of the Common Core State Standards. Many of the activities are “springboards” for more vocabulary building as you plan your curriculum for the coming school year. There are some activities/worksheets that can be completed independently, but I think that most of the material is best suited for guided instruction during which the teacher can add information best suited to the level of her students and ensure that understanding and getting “the big picture” is taking place. This packet includes:
1.a list of the Common Core State Standards addressed in this packet of materials.
2.“Shades of Meaning” Vocabulary Lists-ready to cut and sort and/or glue
• 2 copies of all the lists-one in “bubble” font (so students can color them in with increasingly bold color to represent the intensity/value of each word’s meaning) & one clear, kid-friendly font
•10 synonyms (or words with close meanings) for each of the following words: bothered, skinny, smart, sad, big, speak/say, tired, hot, pretty, little
•a page of blank rectangles to fill in and customize with your own vocabulary words
3.a trapezoid graphic organizer with ten spaces to put the synonyms in “intensity” order
4.a color page with 3 completed trapezoid organizers as examples
5.a “Vocabo-meter” –a graphic organizer that resembles a thermometer, also used for sorting and ordering word meanings
6.a completed Vocabo-meter to use as an example
Both graphic organizers are “generic” and can be laminated to use multiple times in centers with your own vocabulary lists.
7.A “Copy Cat” Modeled Sentence Activity- This is a guided practice lesson in which several vocabulary words are used in 2 “example” sentences such as:
"I could tell that John was extremely knowledgeable about insects when he brought in a detailed diagram he had drawn that included a label for each body part of a cricket."
The students use the sentence as a model for their own sentence composition.
8.A worksheet entitled “What DID you Say?” in which the students complete sentences (written as dialogue) by choosing a word from the “Speak/Say” vocabulary list. They also practice reading aloud, an important aspect of increasing reading fluency.
9.A worksheet entitled “What DO You Say? “ This is a multiple choice worksheet in which the students have to choose the “most familiar” phrase to complete a sentence. Guided practice with this assignment is recommended, as the students may not have been exposed to some of the expressions used, and therefore might be uncertain as to what ”sounds right.”
10. an activity in which the students discuss the various synonyms for ”skinny” after a class discussion about healthy eating habits and (possibly) eating disorders. Students sort vocabulary into “negative” and “positive” categories during this thought-provoking lesson.
11. an example of ”Word Art”-choice of color, font, and clip art are combined to create a visual representation of the word “hot” using synonyms.
12.a vocabulary recording sheet to record vocabulary words located in authentic text during independent reading time. This sheet comes with a “connections” graphic I created with chain links illustrating how words on a page can be “text evidence” directly stated or inferred. The recording sheet is “generic”, so although it was created to go with the 100 “shades of meaning” words in this packet, it can be used with any targeted set of vocabulary words.
13.a photograph of another vocabulary sorting activity using paint chips/paint color samples from your local hardware store. KIDS LOVE THIS and it really provides an excellent model of “shades of meaning” for visual learners!
14. an “expanded” version of this description with more details

I hope your students enjoy participating in all of the vocabulary building activities in this packet! Please leave feedback, as your comments are extremely appreciated as I continue to develop materials. Thank you!

Thank you to for the adorable clipart!!

Common Core State Standard Vocabulary Activities, Graphic Organizers, and lessons by Amy bratsos is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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