Need new synonym activities? Grab these shades of meaning mats and illustrated synonym word cards. These activities made a great literacy center for all my 2nd graders and were especially helpful for my ELLs!
Synonym Garden- Paint chips can be used for so many things, but it seems that they are most often use to show students about synonyms. This activity encourages students to find synonyms to words and fill up their paint chip. This would be an excellent way to work in new vocabulary for writng time, while allowing students to help fill up the "walls that teach."
Vocabulary Study: this simple one page vocabulary study is a great addition to any literature, math, social studies or science unit. It includes a space for the word, definition, sentence, part of speech, synonym and an illustration.
Vocab on the Move....during a unit review in reading we typically play this game. The students all have a sentence strip with a vocab word on it. They do not know what the word is though. They have to travel around the room to find a synonym, antonym, example, sentence, etc. The clues are used to determine the word on their heads.