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Shades of Meaning Vocabulary Practice With the Temperature of Words

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Use this vocabulary activity to practice word temperature or shades of meaning with different synonyms. Students will read or listen to passages and then use a thermometer to rate the intensity of vocabulary words. The thermometer lets students visually see the nuances or shades of meaning in words.

How it Works
Students listen to a story (included) that uses words that are synonyms but have different shades of meaning (e.g. sleep, doze, cat nap, siesta, nap, snooze). As they listen to the story, they put down a word card on the thermometer to indicate intensity (or in this case, temperature) of meaning. When done, the words will be in order from "freezing" to "boiling" on the thermometer.

UPDATED 4/2017!

This product includes:
-3 sets of words (1 State of Mind, 1 Adjective, 1 Verb)

and each set contains:
★ thermometer with words including one blank page for adding your words
★ a story for each thermometer to give context
★ answer key for each story
★ large word cards for display including one blank page for adding your words
★ definition cards for each set of words, including one blank page for your use
★ page of 4 reproducible thermometers for your use
★ page of 3 reproducible word cards for your use
★ NEWLY ADDED 2 Visual Examples of Shades of Meaning using verb synonyms

This product can be used in:
→whole class setting
→small group
→partner work
→independent work
→literacy center.


Shades of Meaning Super Bundle
Shades of Meaning Starter Bundle

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★ character analysis
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★ literary centers
★ shades of meaning
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★ vocabulary assessments
★ narrative writing
★ ELA games


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30 minutes
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