Empower your students! This is a great elaboration tool for students to use when writing. It’s almost a condensed, interactive, wall-display thesaurus.
Students often have wonderful ideas for writing but struggle to find the right words or use the same words over and over. Using a thesaurus can be time-consuming and difficult and using an online dictionary isn’t always feasible.
I knew I needed an easy way for students to quickly find the precise word they needed during writing time. I like to make a bulletin board display labeled ‘Fancy Words’ and allow students to access the rings whenever they need a little extra help finding just the right word. You could use a different catch-phrase for the display such as ‘Million Dollar Words’ or ‘College Words’.
This is also a vocabulary builder as students are exposed to new words and synonyms of familiar words. Vocabulary is the glue that holds stories, ideas, and content together. Students’ word knowledge is linked strongly to academic success because students who have large vocabularies can understand new ideas and concepts more quickly than students with limited vocabularies.
*Print on colored card stock or paper
*Put on a ring
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