Powerful Words The Pen is mightier than the sword
Words are fun! Lots of jokes are based upon word play… The man who recently fell into an upholstery machine is now fully recovered.
Activity Give students:Water, Play dough, a choice of 3 items from their desk. Have them brainstorm words that relate. Water Tray: pour, splash, drip, wet, full, empty, overflowing… Playdough: stretch, break, squash, mould, join, cut, press…
Words are fun! I couldn't quite remember how to throw a boomerang, but I knew eventually it would come back to me.
It’s a crack up! Joke web site: Children love to collect or make up jokes. Encourage their understanding of words by asking them to explain why it’s funny.
‘Articulate’ • Take a noun from the pile on the table. • Describe it to your partner without naming it. Use descriptive language to help your partner visualise what you are describing. • Can your partner guess what it is?
Synonym Race • You have thirty seconds. • Think of as many alternative words as you can for… look
Talking verbs • Working in pairs, make a list of alternative words for ‘said’. • Write your words onto your paper. • Think of a simple sentence that someone might say, e.g. ‘Where have I put my glasses?’ • Take it in turns to choose a word from the list and say the sentence accordingly. Can the other person guess which word was chosen? From: Jumpstart! Literacy by Pie Corbett
The POWER of words! Quite often, synonyms can be ordered by how powerful they are, e.g. bighugecolossal Order the cards according to how powerful you think the words are.
Shades of meaning • Start with a feelings word from the list. • Choose a colour card. • Brainstorm synonyms for your feelings word. • Write the synonyms onto the colour card in order of strength.
Words are fun! He didn't tell his mother that he had eaten the glue. His lips were sealed.
Crazy Definitions Lots of dancing cakes • The things you have up your sleevies • A piece of false hair worn over the ears • A group who play rubber instruments • What fish have 5 of on each hand • How the monster felt after lunch • The things you hang your leggies on • Large cat-flap for dogs • Very small greeting Abundance Think of definitions for these: Armies Earwig Elastic band Fish Fingers Gladiator Hippies Labrador Microwave
Words are fun! Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other, 'You stay here, I'll go on a head.'
Choose a picture • Discuss • Brainstorm • Write Words that describe. • Display • Discuss again • Add more words
Super settings As fresh as a mountain stream fresh rocky lush cool The sea was a shimmering plate of glass. clear lapping smooth
Words are fun! What did the triangle say to the circle? You're so pointless!
One noun: Two adjectives: Three adverbs: Four verbs: Spaghetti Thin and soft, Silently, slowly, easily, Slipping, sliding, slithering, disappearing. Fast poem
Words are fun! Are Santa's helpers subordinate clauses?
Resources • Primary Framework for literacy www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/primaryframeworks/ • Jokes found at www.kidsjokes.co.uk • Jumpstart! Literacy by Pie Corbett ISBN 1-84312-102-6 • The Usbourne Illustrated Thesaurus ISBN 0-7460-23529