Week of February 5

This Week’s Feature:

Spelling Strategy: Using a Thesaurus
A thesaurus is a book of words and their synonyms.  You should use a thesaurus to help you find new words to use in place of overused words when you are writing.  This varies your writing, making it interesting, and this will also help you to increase your vocabulary.

This Week’s Special Spelling Practice Activity:

Synonym Concentration

This week you are practicing words that are synonyms (words that mean the same or almost the same thing).  You are also learning to use a thesaurus, which can be a valuable tool for writers.  A thesaurus can help writers find words that more closely express what they want to say.  It can also help them replace overused words with fresher ones.  Try this activity with synonyms with a partner at home.

  1. Write each spelling word on a separate card or piece of paper.
  2. Separate the words into pairs of synonyms.  For example, horrible and dreadful would be a pair.
  3. Stack one synonym card from each set on a table for the draw pile.  Spread the remaining cards face down on the table.  For example, horrible could be in the draw pile and dreadful would be face down on the table.
  4. With your partner, take turns drawing one card at a time from the pile and trying to match the card with one that is face down on the table.

Make a list of all of the synonym pairs that you match.  Then think of an additional word that is a synonym for at least five of those pairs.  For example, awful is another synonym for the horrible, dreadful synonym pair.  Turn your list in to Ms. M., along with your weekly word sort and spelling story.  Do not forget that for homework, you must also study your spelling words for the weekly spelling test.


Choose the word sort for your group:

Here are this week’s spelling story winners.