Included are 6 rainbow colored thermometers and 24 different words with their 6 each corresponding synonyms. I use the thermometers to teach shades of meaning. Then I send groups off to determine the order of the words from the weakest to strongest. After the groups have created their thermometers, they are ready to display for writing support. I place them at eye-level in class so writers can sit and determine the best word for their writing. I laminate the thermometers and the words and use tiny pieces of velcro to attach the words to the thermometers. This allows changes of order of words with teacher guidance. Also, once they are laminated, they are ready to use year after year.