Friday, August 2, 2013

Inspiration for CCSS Shades of Meaning

This isn't 50 Shades of Grey (sorry! Lol), but if your state is implementing the Common Core standards, I'm sure you've come across some new terminology such as "shades of meaning".  Here's the standards I'm referring to for each elementary grade level:

* CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.5d Distinguish shades of meaning among verbs describing the same general action (e.g., walk, march, strut, prance) by acting out the meanings.
* CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.5d Distinguish shades of meaning among verbs differing in manner (e.g., look, peek, glance, stare, glare, scowl) and adjectives differing in intensity (e.g., large, gigantic) by defining or choosing them or by acting out the meanings.* CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.5b Distinguish shades of meaning among closely related verbs (e.g., toss, throw, hurl) and closely related adjectives (e.g., thin, slender, skinny, scrawny).
* CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.5c Distinguish shades of meaning among related words that describe states of mind or degrees of certainty (e.g., knew, believed, suspected, heard, wondered).

Well, inspiration strikes in different places and in the back to school supply section I saw that Crayola is selling boxes of crayons in shades of each color.  I could totally use these in my classrooms and have the students write words/make posters and color the words to show the different shades!!  (ps. There are 8 shades of grey in one of the boxes if you were wondering :))What ideas do you have for them?  Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!  

1 comment:

  1. That's a great idea! I love the shades of colors they came out with :-)


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