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Using Word Webs to Teach Synonyms for Commonly Used Words

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Grades 4 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Seven 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Angela Lanier

Oxon Hill, Maryland


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives





  • Conversation Cards

  • Dictionaries (print and online version)

  • Thesauri (print and online version)

  • Transparencies and overhead projector, or chart paper


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Crossword Puzzles

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Crossword Puzzles

This tool allows students to complete crossword puzzles on a variety of grade-appropriate topics, and also create and print their own crossword puzzles.


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1. Prior to the lesson, make a transparency of "The Good, the Bad, and the Nice" Word Webs (or you can copy them onto large chart paper). You will also need copies of the webs for students to use during the lesson.

2. Prepare for Session 1 by writing two descriptions of an object (such as a hamburger), one containing the words good, bad, and nice several times throughout and the other containing more descriptive synonyms in place of the overused adjectives.

3. Prepare several excerpts of writing that include the overused words good, bad, and nice. The excerpts can be a letter from you to the students, a paragraph describing a movie or famous person, an advertisement for a popular product, or anonymous selections from students' writing. Copy the excerpts onto transparencies or make copies for distribution.

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