Sunday, October 14, 2012

Synonym Anchor Chart

Quick post today...

Wanted to share my synonym anchor chart that I made with my class this week.  

I've written about Making Meaning before, how my school is using this program for the first time this year, and my school was lucky enough to purchase Making Meaning vocabulary that coincides with Making Meaning comprehension...

With each weekly read aloud, we have a comprehension strategy that is used as we read.  Well, the following week, Making Meaning vocabulary pulls some tier two vocabulary words from the story, or words that relate to the story, and we talk about them.  We usually do about 4 words a week and add them to our "Strong Vocabulary" chart.  Well, last week, we introduced synonyms formally.  The words on the left side of our anchor chart are words we brainstormed... the words on the right are some of our Making Meaning vocabulary words and synonyms for them!  The kids loved trying to come up with synonyms for their vocabulary words... I just love that they are using those tier two words!  

We are also working on incorporating these words into our writing... that hasn't been as easy as using them in our day to day conversations (obviously!) but we'll get there!  Just wanted to share... :)

Happy Sunday!


  1. Love your chart! It is perfect, not too busy and get all the info on there. I like the bottom portion best because it gives the kids a reason to use the chart!


  2. Love it! Those are some great works. At the beginning of the year, when my students were describing characters, they always said happy and sad, so we brainstormed a list of synonyms for each. They're not exact, but a great list to reference!
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