Shades of Meaning Puzzles

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Grade Levels
3rd - 8th
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23 pages
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What is "shades of meaning?" Some words can be similar in meaning, like synonyms, but these words have subtle changes in meaning. They are closely related. Therefore, you can help your students build vocabulary and word knowledge with these challenging but fun puzzles!


What awesome resources are included?
★ Eight verbs and eight adjectives
★ Verb and adjective visuals
★ Review worksheets
★ Graphic organizer to document new vocabulary


How can you use this product?
★ The verbs have red stars, and the adjectives have blue stars. This way, if you want to separate them and use one part of speech per session/lesson, you can. Can your students recognize that all of the words go together in the part of speech category?
★ Students must locate the different puzzle pieces that contain words with the same shades of meaning to put the 4-piece puzzles together.
★ One puzzle piece will be “easy” with the word and an image. The other 3 pieces will be “harder” words in sentences. Students must use their context clues knowledge in order to determine which puzzles go together.
★ To assemble: Print all puzzles and cut them apart. Laminate them. Place all puzzle pieces in the middle of a pile/table. Students can locate all of the puzzle pieces with images to start. Then, they can take turns picking puzzle pieces, reading the sentences, and using their context clues to determine to which puzzle it belongs. Lastly, they can put the 4-piece puzzles together.


What are other customers saying about this product?
"The literal language users on my caseload really liked these puzzles. Really helped to illustrate the flexibility that different word choices can give us."

"Fantastic product. Just what I was looking for! I used it during an observation and it went stunningly! Thank you =)"

"The kids found it challenging and I loved the opportunity to learn increasingly more complex vocabulary with context cues in a fun way. Thank you."


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