A paint-chip synonym garden! The colors on the paint strip are similar, but not exactly the same, just like the synonyms themselves. Love this! Think I'll try this next year and add an antonym to the last space, as suggested by the original poster.
Organizing Research Notes for Expository Writing [Each envelope represents a subtopic. Inside the envelopes, students tuck pieces of support or facts for that particular subtopic. Folds up and fits in writing folders.] Stacy Shubitz Two Writing Teachers
Sentence Surgery…laminated unedited sentence strips, bandaid strips for ending punctuation, small round bandages for commas and quotations, tongue depressors to mark capitalization, and ‘Emergency Kit’ paper bags w/ red cross on them. how fun!
Instructional Chart: This chart can be placed in the classroom writing center to give students synonyms to replace simple words. It can be used both as a tool for their writing or as a dictionary to decipher word meanings during reading.