There are just so many ways to have fun with words. Check out the bird… he’s full of bird words as well as blogging words, perhaps because we chirp out news and ideas? Today, I am going to focus on teaching kids how to have fun with words. This will enhance their reading and writing skills as well be challenged a bit.
I want to share with you my idea of a word timeline. It’s a continuum of related words based on any word you choose to start with. The idea is to get a range or spectrum of related and connected words, thus increasing vocabulary and also learning new words and their meanings. After that, extend it to using the words, even playing games with them.
First, I’m going to attach my file for you to look at. It has one blank timeline from which you can copy and use with children. It also has an example in which my base, or beginning, word was huge. The range of words in this case go from opposite to extreme. If you chose a word such as ‘chair’… your range may be from usefulness to decor. Or it could be about size… you can make it whatever you would like to. So, check these forms out by clicking on the link below!
WORD TIMELINES by Diane Nees
I am in hopes that after reading my file and seeing the example, it makes some sense… yes?? 🙂 I hope so. It’s really a simple project and can be very qucikly accomplished or longer if you want to have some addded fun with the word gathered. Here a few extras to have kids do to further their understanding of the words and actually use them.
1. Choose 5 words to illustrate.
2. Write a ‘HUGE’ story and label as many spectrum words as you can.
3. Make a poster or an ad relating to the group of words.
4. Make an illustrated ‘opposite’ book.
Any of these things will aid memory of the new learned words by the writing and reading of them.
Another fun thing is to do quick and easy verbal games with the timeline results. Two simple ones could be these.
1. Agree/disagree. Use two index cards to write AGREE on one and DISAGREE on the other. Then say a statement like “The word small could describe a giant.” They hold up one of the two cards. Keep score. Kids also will learn more about the prefix DIS. Lots of good sidebars in these activities!
2. Another easy one is just a recognition game, again with verbal clues. Looking at the finished timelime, say something like, “I’m looking for the word with long vowel that means opposite of small.” Could be giant or gigantic. You can put even more limits on it. Take turns or keep score. Always remember the KISS rule… Keep It So Simple.
I hope you try these things. School is almost upon us and they sure could be useful!