This colorful and inviting resource teaches students that not all synonyms of a word have the same meaning. The meaning depends on the context in which it is used.
There are 32 pages displaying a word followed by its synonyms in bold, bright colors reminiscent of old-fashioned cinnamon sticks. The objectives of the lesson are to
improve students' vocabulary
enable students to recognize the importance of context in order to gain meaning
enable students to use concise words in their writing
provide teachers with a convenient way of teaching vocabulary development.
There are so many ways the synonym sticks can be used. When I taught synonyms in grades 5 and 6, I wrote a word and one of its synonyms on the front and back of a tongue depressor. I did this for all the synonyms. Then I bunched all the synonyms for a specific word together using a rubber band. When we studied a new word each day, I passed out a different stick to each student or group of students, and they came up with a sentence that used the word correctly in context. Other suggestions might be to laminate the words or cut them out and glue them to tongue depressors.
Since the pages of this resource are too large to post individually, I have burned the resource on a CD which I will mail to you.
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