August 21

Synonyms

We have been learning more about synonyms.  We defined synonyms as words with the same meaning.  Good readers and writers learn and use synonyms.

I try to anchor all mini-lessons with good literature.  We read I Knew a Librarian Who Chewed On a Word.  We listened for all the different synonyms for ate and listed them on our anchor chart.  Finally, each of the children added a pair of synonyms.

I also explained that some words are worn out, such as nice, look, and like.  I created a visual for them by placing those words on our garbage can.  When we write, we will try to think of synonyms for those words to make our writing more powerful.