Do your kids regularly fill their sentences with ho-hum words? Common ones include
Here’s a fabulous idea for a pocket word bank to help children choose more concrete synonyms instead.
Prepare Your Pocket Word Bank
- Write several words your kids tend to overuse on colorful cards, and insert the cards into a pocket chart.
- Enter one of those “tired” words in an online thesaurus such as Power Thesaurus or KidThesaurus.com.
- Browse the various lists and pick out a handful of reasonable synonyms.
- Type them up using a large, clear font.
- Print out the words and cut them into strips, laminating them so they hold up longer.
- Repeat for each tired word in the pocket chart.
- Place the synonym strips behind the appropriate word cards.
A “Good” Illustration
Let’s use good as an example, since it’s overused a lot. It’s convenient and easy to write good friend, good snack, good worker, or good child, even though the word good means different things each time.
But just think! With a few synonyms at their disposal, your children can pick much stronger, more specific words for their writing instead:
Rather than use the tired word good, they can choose a stronger word from the pocket chart to describe a kindhearted friend, healthy snack, skillful worker, or obedient child. Not only will their writing improve, their vocabulary will grow too!
It’s time to make a Tired Words pocket word bank of your own! In no time, you’ll start seeing more descriptive, lively words spilling from your kids’ pens.
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