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Focused Skill Activities: Semantics

Semantic activities focus on learning new vocabulary and/or thinking about words and their relationships.

Semantic activities may focus on one of the following:

  • Learning vocabulary in or related to the story (check out a print and go vocab freebie below)

  • Synonyms & Antonyms

  • Associations and Categories

  • Words with multiple meanings

💡 Activity ideas:

  • Create a word wall (e.g. arranged by part of speech, alphabetically, with lists of synonyms/antonyms)

  • Create a personal dictionary or journal for each student

  • Formulate a sentence using the vocabulary target in the context of the story

  • Determine the part of speech

  • Analyze prefixes and suffixes

  • Incorporate the target vocabulary words into a story retell task or when creating a parallel story

  • If the target word is a noun, describe it

  • If the target word is a verb, act it out

  • If the target word is an adjective, make a list of things or events that the adjective describes


Ukrainetz, T. A. (2006). Contextualized Language Intervention: Scaffolding Prek-12 Literacy Achievement (1st ed.). Pro Ed.

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