One of our new 3rd grade standards in the Common Core states that students should be able to distinguish shades of meaning among related words that describe states of mind or degrees of certainty.
This is a great lesson that addresses this standard perfectly by relating it to synonyms, and concrete examples before expecting kids to understand the more abstract concept of "states of mind."
Directions for teaching, example tool, and variations of student graphic organizers are included.
A poetry activity, and interactive notebook component are also included as possible extension activities!
Perfect to introduce in 3rd grade, or to use for review in 4th or 5th grade!