I have been freaking out over moving from Kindergarten to 4th Grade (you can read about my thoughts on this here). The main person that has helped me keep my head above water the last month was one of my best friends, Layla. We got our undergrad, credential, and masters together AND taught at the same school our first year. She teaches 4th grade and has given me countless hours of advice! One of my favorite things that she has shared with me is A Pocket Full of Synonyms. Make sure you read her blog post HERE about it, so you can get all of the details!
Here is a snapshot of the cutest, interactive bulletin board EVER!
You can make this bulletin board with anything that has pockets. I found these colorful popcorn bags at a party store, and stapled them to the wall. On the outside of the pocket you place (I used Velcro) the "overused words," and inside are "impressive synonyms" that can add flavor to their writing.
During writing time, the students are encouraged to come up to the wall and choose a word in the pocket to help making their writing more colorful.
I just introduced this synonym bulletin board to my kids and they are OBSESSED!
Thank you Layla for all of the advice and encouragement!!!!!! :)