Use these 32 cards in your shades of meaning lesson plan to reinforce this language skill. The multiple choice format requires students to compare three related words and select the best one. Please keep in mind that shades of meaning is somewhat subjective. On most of the cards, all of the words will work to complete the sentence, however, the student is asked to select the best word. I believe that the answers given in the answer key are indeed the best, however, it is possible that in some cases, you and/or your students may disagree. Should this occur, I would invite you to see it as an opportunity for exploration and discussion.
A student answer sheet is included along with an answer key for self-checking. There is also a Challenge Card that can be used in conjunction with any other card to extend the activity. These task cards are perfect for test prep and will work well at literacy centers, stations, for partner work, or with the whole class using a game like Scoot.
Contents of this set include:
• Directions and Suggestions
• 32 Task Cards
• Challenge Card
• Student Answer Sheets
• Answer Key
Common Core Standards addressed in this set:
This resource addresses Common Core Standard L.5
L.5 [grades 2-5] Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
-Distinguish shades of meaning among closely related verbs (e.g., toss, throw, hurl) and closely related adjectives (e.g., thin, slender, skinny, scrawny). [grade 2]
-Distinguish shades of meaning among related words that describe states of mind or degrees of certainty (e.g., knew, believed, suspected, heard, wondered). [grade 3]
-Demonstrate understanding of words by relating them to their opposites (antonyms) and to words with similar but not identical meanings (synonyms). [grade 4]
-Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., synonyms, antonyms, homographs) to better understand each of the words. [grade 5]
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