Monday, January 6, 2014

Monday Made-It - Synonyms Board and More!

It's COLD here!  School was called off today because of the bitterly cold temperatures.  I ventured out this afternoon and my car thermometer said -13 degrees.  And that was at 3:00 in the afternoon.
We got called off for tomorrow, too, since this cold spell is hanging around.

I am so happy that I had the time to hook up with Tara's Monday Made-It Linky, which I haven't done since the summer.
I wish it were summer.

Anyway - we've been working on synonyms and last week I introduced the concept to my third graders through an online game called Sam's Synonym Lab on the PBS Kids Website.  We rated the synonyms on a scale of 1 to 4 stars as we played the game on my Interactive White Board.
I had the bones of this bulletin board already up, and the students already got the concept of rating the synonyms as to how good or unusual a word choice it was.

Then the students worked in triads to find synonyms for the words posted on this board in a thesaurus.  It was the first time using a thesaurus for most of them.
Then as a class we listed the words they found, and rated them.
Sorry for the slightly blurry picture.  I'm hoping the students use the posted words in their writing.
I found this frame at JoAnn Fabric & Crafts in the clearance section for $3.
I added some snowflake stickers to the top and bottom, and used scrapbook paper to print the message.

I like snow more than cold!

This is the newest product in my TpT store!  It's a packed full of activities for sorting words with -tion.
There are two levels of word sorts and acitivities included in the resource.
The packet includes pictures of how I used the sort in my classroom.

Hope you'll check out all the creative ideas on Tara's blog!
Stay warm everyone!


  1. I LOVE your synonym board and the rating system! What a great visual and reference too for your students! Glad you linked up with Monday Made It! I'm your newest follower and am also enjoying our 2nd cold day due to the chilly weather! Stay warm! :)

    Tales of a Teacher

  2. I love your synonym board! How fun! Stay warm! I couldn't believe all of the schools that were called off for today and tomorrow!

    Short and Sassy Teacher

  3. Glad I stopped by and checked your blog out! The synonym board rocks! It isn't often that I run across other bloggers in Wisconsin (I'm in Monroe.) it is great to see you out here!

    I'd love to have you stop by my blog to check it out...

    Nikki @

  4. Woohoo! That synonym board is super pun intended! -13? UGH!!!!!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'