Sunday, March 18, 2012

Putting Pinterest to Use: Synonym Wheels

I originally saw the idea for a synonym flower or wheel or sun pinned from Hello Literacy. There weren't any directions there, but this is not a difficult project! The hardest part was stuffing my purse with the paint sample cards. I felt like a shoplifter, even though I know these are perfectly acceptable to take!

The idea is to put a common word, like "happy," at the bottom (or top, depending on the direction) and then find synonyms for that word. We actually all did this together as a family, although I intended to do it just with my 5th-grader. Everyone just happened to be around and kept yelling out words. This would be a great learn-to-use-the-thesaurus activity as well.

This was an incredibly easy and fun project, and we now have it brightening up our schoolroom. I really intend to do it with my creative writing classes, but 24 kids X 9 paint cards each is a whole lot of paint cards in my purse! (Yes, I know they will probably just actually give them to me at Lowe's or Home Depot.) I meant to write in the middle, "Instead of _____, Use ______" but I forgot and wrote "synonyms" instead. The idea, of course, is that instead of using the same old words over and over again, such as "awesome" or "nice," you can have a choice of sooo many others!

Isn't Pinterest an amazing resource? How have you used your Pinterest ideas this week?


  1. I really like this idea! I think I may do this with my ds to aid in his creative writing efforts.

  2. I feel that same way about the paint samples. My husband tells me you're helping them advertise their paint by using them on your blog. So let's listen to him and let go of our false shoplifting guilt. :)

  3. Yes, my 12 year old daughter and I love pinterest. This week I've used it for a couple recipes. My daughter, on the other hand, uses it mostly for crafty inspiration.

  4. What a fun idea! Pinterest is pretty great sometimes, isn't it!?

  5. In addition to the idea of great synonyms ... each paint chip has an amazing color descriptions that can be worked into your creative writing projects.


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