In hopes of making our narratives more exciting to read, the grade five/six teachers created a list of words that were banned from students narrative. There include: big, small, happy, sad, good and bad.
As a class, we created a massive list of synonyms that could be used in narratives instead of those words. I ran this activity as a competition for the best list between mixed ability groups. Each student in the group was given a specific tool they could use to add to their list: a thesaurus, Microsoft Encarta Dictionaries on their netbook, online thesaurus, Microsoft Word thesaurus, and one member writing the list.
And here, my friends, are the wonderful lists created by my wonderful students: