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Spice Up Their Words

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One growth area my students usually need is a wider vocabulary. Frequently,  they get stuck using dull adjectives and boring verbs. So I began thinking of a creative way to get them to spice up their writing. I quickly latched onto the word “spicier” and images of cooking, recipes, and mixing up a tastier paragraph whisked in my brain. Below is an interactive word wall that I created.

The bowls are glued onto envelopes to create pouches. The spoons contain synonyms for the overused words. The spoons can be removed and taken to a student’s seat during writing time. Best of all, this word wall can stay up all year and be added to. I think it is a recipe for writing success.

If you think this would benefit your students too, I have all the items ready for download and printing HERE.

There are blank bowls and spoon that you can customize with words your students need to add more flavor to.

I’d love to hear how you improve word choice in your classroom.

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  • Alison Monk

    When I started teaching, I quickly realized that student teaching didn't prepare me for the real challenges of being alone in a classroom full of young children. The learning curve was steep and time was limited. That is why I created the Literacy Garden. My hope is this will be a place for inspiration, mentoring, and connecting.

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  • Carla Fedeler July 17, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    I love this idea, Alison! Thanks so much for linking up!
    Carla

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    Hi! I'm Alison

    My #1 passion is all things literacy! I'm a curriculum creator and literacy specialist with over 30 years teaching in elementary classrooms. My goal is to share creative and engaging ways to grow your students and are easy to implement and academically sound. You can expect to find teaching tips to boost your confidence and grow your learners. You don't have to do this alone! I'm the support you've been looking for. I'm so glad you are here!

    About the Literacy Garden

    When I started teaching, I quickly realized that student teaching didn't prepare me for the real challenges of being alone in a classroom full of young children. The learning curve was steep and time was limited. That is why I created the Literacy Garden. My hope is this will be a place for inspiration, mentoring, and connecting.

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