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As elementary teachers, we are always looking for and finding activities to teach English vocabulary to kids. We want our students to broaden and deepen their understanding and ability when reading, speaking, listening, and writing.
We know that when a student, especially an English Language Learner (ELL), can distinguish between the shades of meanings of related words, they are more precise and imaginative in their writing. This is a strong and proven way to increase vocabulary.
Shades of Meaning~
to teach elementary students the differences between related words and increase their vocabulary. This graphic organizer improves reading comprehension and works with both English Language Learners (ELL) and native English speakers. Graphic organizers for shades of meaning offer classroom teachers and ELD teachers a vehicle to reach the needs of all students. This type of gradient helps students distinguish between the subtle nuances of the meaning of related words and broadens their understanding of connected words, polar opposites meanings, and synonyms. Furthermore, semantic gradients show all students how to use vocabulary precisely when expressing themselves in speaking and writing. Semantic Gradients are great graphic organizers when you are looking for synonym activities, antonym activities, or teaching English to kids!
What does a Semantic Gradient look like?
How do you use a Shades of Meaning graphic organizer?
• Find synonyms for each of those words and order them to create your word list.
• Students then order the words to create a gradient or continuum.