Classroom Freebies

Shades of Meaning Vocabulary Activity

Grab those paint chips on your next trip to Home Depot and try this Ranking Words Vocabulary Activity with your upper elementary students to identify shades of meaning and build more precise language.

Students sort a group of words into an order from weak to strong and must justify their choices. After the activity is complete, the paint chips can be displayed and used as a class thesaurus.

Use the activity as a small group activity or at a literacy station. You can extend the activity and ask students to develop analogies or identify word categories. There are many possibilities!