January 18th is Thesaurus Day and I’ve got 5 National Thesaurus Day Activities to help you celebrate!
Why should I care about thesaurus day and by the way, what’s a thesaurus?
A thesaurus is an amazing tool to use when writing. Never write a dull sentence again – use a thesaurus to enhance and elevate your writing.
You can still buy paper copies of thesaurus’ if you prefer, but even better…
Just go to Thesaurus.com to enter any word you desire to instantly find synonyms as well as antonyms for it. (it’s free!)
In minutes you can take a boring overused word and transform it into a highly descriptive expression. Thesaurus’ are one of my favorite tools to use when I am writing – keeps me from using words like great, fun, and very and instead use exceptional, amusing, and exceedingly.
See how easy it can be to elevate writing to the next level?
How can you bring the use of this exciting tool into your classroom, you ask?
I’ve done the work for you.
I created this exceedingly amusing (very fun, ya!) packet of activities that can help celebrate the day as well as get your kids thinking more about how using the right words can transform their writing.
You can grab the 2-page Thesaurus Day Activity worksheets over in our Teachers Pay Teachers Store.
So let’s explore all that’s included in this packet.
- A section to create alternate word lists for common words. Kids can keep this list handy and use it every time they are writing as a quick reference.
- Write 3 synonyms and 3 antonyms for the words listed – good practice thinking about alternative words and word meanings
- Re-write sentences using more interesting words(synonyms)
- Determine the correct synonym for the given word
- Match the synonyms to the corresponding antonyms
Ready to grab your worksheets?
Wanna really add some excitement to your thesaurus day celebration?
Bring in a variety of foods that are “synonyms” of each other. Hear me out.
I’m suggesting offering taste tests for the brand name or a classic version and the store brand or alternative version of each food item.
Here are some examples:
- Cheezits and Cheese Nips
- Doritos and store brand nacho cheese chips
- Meatballs and Meatless(vegan) ones in sauce
- Oreos and the store brand ones
- Vanilla ice cream and dairy-free vanilla ice cream
You get the idea.
The kids will have a wonderful time tasting the differences between these same or similar foods.
If you wanna add even more entertainment – grab this blind taste test card to see if they can tell the difference between the name brand and the store brand or alternate brand.
So there you have it.
Thesaurus day is a wonderful excuse to give your kids more practice with synonyms and antonyms which will totally help them on the SAT if they plan on taking it.
Keep it light and entertaining with the taste tester cards – bringing some pleasure to their palates while making the learning more palpable – check out those words I totally used my thesaurus to find.
Be sure to grab your downloads and have a blast with the worksheets and the delectable blind taste test so you too can enjoy National Thesaurus Day – Celebrate Words together.
Have you tried this or maybe you have your own ideas for celebrating words? Leave a comment below, we’d love to hear all about it.
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