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Spice Up Their Words

July 17, 2015 1 Comment


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.

Want some more great ideas to improve writing? Check out the blogs below.

Alison Monk

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

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

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    Welcome! I'm Alison Monk, a primary teacher with a passion for creating educational materials that engage kids and teachers love! I hope this blog encourages and inspires you. I'm so glad you are here! Read More

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