Word Splash

Challenge learners to do more with a word than simply define it. After perusing a newspaper article for an unfamiliar word, elementary and middle schoolers look up the definition, find synonyms and antonyms, draw a picture representing the meaning, and write a sentence using the correct meaning of the word. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Provide appropriate newspaper articles for learners to browse
  • Have dictionaries and thesauruses on hand for the activity 
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes learners have experience using reference materials
  • The sheet has a lot of blue images and text boxes which may prove difficult to read when printing in black and white

  • Promotes dictionary and thesaurus skills
  • Includes a self-check box at the bottom of the sheet to use as they progress through the prompts

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