Teaching children to write is a daunting task. One of the most frustrating aspects of teaching young writers is that they just keep repeating the same words over and over again. They love ‘like, big, small, funny, said, sad and happy’.
In their defense however, I would still ask if they are exposed to alternative words and to what extent. With this in mind, I have designed a little free to download thesaurus. It can be used in a number of ways in class or at home to enhance vocabulary and hence develop flair in the children’s literary work.
On ideas to maximize use out of this 30 word thesaurus, just keep reading and you can get the free download at the end of the post.
Handy on a Key Chain: In order to have these words handy on the writing desk, just print, laminate, punch a hole and insert in a key chain.
Printing Instructions: Open PDF file, Click File and then go to the Print option. Under the ‘Page, size and handling’ title, you’ll see a tab for ‘Multiple’. Click this and then in ‘Pages per sheet’, click ‘4’. This is a good size for putting into a key chain. However, you need to change the ‘Orientation’ into ‘Landscape’. This will maximize paper utility. It will be right there at the bottom. Then click ‘Print’. This is what it should look like in the preview
Display for Classroom Bulletin Board: Repeat the above instruction except that Pages per sheet would be ‘2’ and ‘Orientation’ would still be ‘Landscape’. Make sure that your ‘Page Order’ is horizontal in both the key chain and bulletin board printing.
Cut them out, laminate and put up on your Thesaurus Bulletin Board. This is what it should look like in the preview:
The verbs are colour coded in blue whereas the adjectives are in green. So you could teach these two parts of speech as well.
Obviously not all the words will be a perfect fit in the context of the sentence, so it would be interesting to pick up one set of words and talk about them in the Vocabulary period for understanding the connotations. Besides, the idea is to get kids to start using words out of their ‘comfort zone’. Getting the right connotation will soon follow.
And now for your free download: