Here's a fairly short and sweet post. I've struggled this year to come up with meaningful word work activities for my students. But here are two that were a hit! (And we had some great discussions along the way!)
During the synonym search students sat in their desks and each wrote one word down on a whiteboard. They then rotated the whiteboards around and wrote another word on the boards. As you can see, not every word was a good choice for a synonym - but that's ok! It meant we had more to discuss. :)
The next day we made the switch over to antonyms. Students worked in groups of two. In three minutes, they had to write as many antonym pairs on the board as they could. The catch? They had to write one word and their partner wrote the antonym. BUT - they could not talk! There were some interesting gestures during this one!
Another thing I want to share with you today is a sale going on over at Runde's Room. But this is not your typical sale! One of her friend's little boys is currently battling cancer, and all sales in her store this weekend (4/20/2013-4/21/2013) will go toward their expenses. You can click on the picture below to read more about this little guy.
If you have any word work ideas for older kiddos, I'd love to hear about them! I still have a month left to go...