A repeat activity and instruction from last year, but it was so successful it was worth a repeat. I give the students a word to look up in a traditional thesaurus and ask them to write down three synonyms on their “synonym roll.” I bookmark an online thesaurus and ask them to add to their list.
They cut out their rolls after they have written down plenty of synonyms. I did add one twist this year. After the students filled in their synonym roll with synonyms, the placed their cut out roll on a baking sheet! They got a kick out of that. It was just a place for them to drop their rolls as they moved on to checking out their books. They all finished at different times and they usually ask over and over, “What do I do with…?” even after clear instructions, but this time they all rmembered to place their roll on the cookie sheet!