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Pumpkin Dictionaries

Guest Author - Paula Laurita

Work on dictionary skills with this great fall activity.

Stretch dictionary skills with this seasonal skill. Create a pumpkin, cauldron, or haunted house outline, or you can use a coloring sheet available from Heartland or RaisingOurKids.com.

Create strips of paper with adjectives (sample list below), place them in a trick-or-treat bag. Each student pulls an adjective from the bag. The words are to be kept secret. They then look up the words in dictionaries and read the definition. Then using crayons they are to decorate their pumpkins with designs and pictures that will convey the words' meanings. Conclude by having the students take turns guessing the adjective that each pumpkin represents.

Word List

diminutive
taciturn
horrified
boisterous
sheepish
flamboyant
evident
sarcastic
conceited
intellectual
sickly
despicable
rancorous
gaudy
awestruck
mottled
petrified
glamorous
timid
deceitful
boorish
humble
amiable
avaricious
dazzling
morose
diplomatic
horrible

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Content copyright © 2013 by Paula Laurita. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Paula Laurita. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Christine Sharbrough for details.

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