1 shades of meaning activity worksheet for units 1-6 (weeks 1-4). Each worksheet uses a word from the reading vocabulary list of the week.
1 blank template to use your own words
This activity can be used to introduce the shades of meaning concept. They can also be used for weekly practice, assessment, or for stations/centers.
Students use the dictionary to look up and copy the definition of each of the three words.
Students use the definitions to determine an order of strength and write the words in the correct boxes.
Put students in groups of 3-4. When all groups are finished, they share their results and the class can see if everyone agreed.
To save time, provide students with the definitions to copy, rather than looking them up.
Use digital dictionaries.
There are times when two words have such a similar meaning, that one is not clearly stronger than the other. In this case, it is appropriate for more than one answer to be correct.
When having students copy definitions from the dictionary, watch for multiple meanings. It’s a great opportunity for students to have to choose the meaning that matches the other two words.