100 ways to say GREAT!-have a competition to see which student can come up with the most..or just have to widen vocabulary.

100 ways to say GREAT!-have a competition to see which student can come up with the most..or just have to widen vocabulary.

Despite being one of the shortest words in Spanish, ya can be a hard one to wrap your head around. The problem is further compounded when you throw todavía in the mix. Often confused as synonyms, these two words just can’t be shelved for later. Nor can they be wished away as they are indispensable to most every conversation in the street.  To further complicate matters, you have aún which is almost a synonym for todavía. Almost. And if you thought learning these three would get you up and…

Kill the Ya-Todavía Confusion Once and for All

Despite being one of the shortest words in Spanish, ya can be a hard one to wrap your head around. The problem is further compounded when you throw todavía in the mix. Often confused as synonyms, these two words just can’t be shelved for later. Nor can they be wished away as they are indispensable to most every conversation in the street. To further complicate matters, you have aún which is almost a synonym for todavía. Almost. And if you thought learning these three would get you up and…

This is a great poster to encourage better descriptive words in the classroom. by darla

This is a great poster to encourage better descriptive words in the classroom. by darla

Vocabulary - The Said Web - Brainstorming Interesting Synonyms Grade 3-6 Use this activity to help students explore more exciting synonyms for over-used words. Start by generating a few synonyms with the whole class. Then allow students to work in small (mixed-ability) groups to come up with more words. Connect this activity to the writing process by having students go back over a piece of writing and replacing "said" with more descriptive words.

Vocabulary - The Said Web - Brainstorming Interesting Synonyms Grade 3-6 Use this activity to help students explore more exciting synonyms for over-used words. Start by generating a few synonyms with the whole class. Then allow students to work in small (mixed-ability) groups to come up with more words. Connect this activity to the writing process by having students go back over a piece of writing and replacing "said" with more descriptive words.

I thought this was helpful! It also helps spur the imagination for other colors not represented here!

I thought this was helpful! It also helps spur the imagination for other colors not represented here!

Story time! When I was in elementary school, the 5th grade class (I was in 3rd at the time) decided to make a gravestone for the word "said". Their English teacher wanted them to use different words other than "said". Brilliantly, the 5th graders decided to put this "gravestone" on the end of the playground the school has recess on. Long story short, my friends and I found a gravestone with the word "dead" ominously written on it, and thought someone snuck into the playground area and buried…

Story time! When I was in elementary school, the 5th grade class (I was in 3rd at the time) decided to make a gravestone for the word "said". Their English teacher wanted them to use different words other than "said". Brilliantly, the 5th graders decided to put this "gravestone" on the end of the playground the school has recess on. Long story short, my friends and I found a gravestone with the word "dead" ominously written on it, and thought someone snuck into the playground area and buried…

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