This activity includes a lesson plan for Standard 2L5, printable materials, and a printable assessment.
The lesson is a mini-lesson on shades of meaning, followed by a student activity that can be done individually, in pairs, or in groups. Students will discuss groups of closely related words (printout included) and put them in order from least to greatest intensity (for example, "damp," "wet," "soggy," and "soaked"). They will write the words on paint strips (you will need to provide) and make a flower, octopus, or spider (depending on colors chosen) to display in the classroom later.
The assessment checks student understanding of choosing appropriate words for different situations. There is also an answer key for easy grading.