I am always amazed at how children can learn something new and then turn around and use it in the correct context…such as learning new vocabulary. I explained what the word “fickle” meant not long ago and when I was changing my mind at the grocery store, my daughter asked me why I was being so fickle! So, I thought it would be fun to have an activity for her (simple to make) that she could work on her reading and vocabulary. This is what I did, but I am sure you can do the same thing in a number of ways.
Toilet paper rolls
Tape – strong packing tape works best
Make a list of the words you are working with first. I started with “Happy,” “Sad,” “Busy,” “Tired,” and “Angry.” Then I chose 3 or 4 words that mean the same thing. For example:
Happy – overjoyed, blissful, merry, cheerful
Sad – melancholy, distressed, somber, gloomy
Busy – engrossed, active, diligent
Tired – weary, fatigued, exhausted
Angry – cross, furious, heated
Then, I cut pieces of cardstock paper that were roughly 3 X 3 inches in size, folded them in half, stapled on one side, slid the q-tip in the middle, then stapled the other side. I wrote the synonymous words (fatigued, weary, exhausted, etc.) on the q-tip sticks. Then, on separate pieces of cardstock paper, I wrote the beginning words (Tired, etc.) With these pieces, I taped them onto a bobby pin, which could be easily placed onto the toilet paper rolls to serve as a “bucket” for the synonymous words. That all sounds confusing, so just look at the photos and I think you will understand. Whatever you want to do is going to be great – this was just my way of using only a few supplies I already had in the house.
After she finished placing them in their correct “buckets,” I talked through each word with her and then she practiced writing the new words she didn’t know before. Using the Magnetic Letters would be a great way to practice the new words too!