Students build vocabulary and sharpen their elaboration skills as they complete fun, independent puzzles and activities that help them acquire high-caliber synonyms for overused words, such as said, good, and went. Includes 10 word-building activity packets, ready to reproduce for independent work or homework.<br />How to use this product: Post the overused words and synonyms of the week on chart paper. Have students list synonyms they find in their content area and independent reading on the chart. Students can also add these words to their word cards. Encourage students to use these words to make their own crossword puzzles or cloze sentences for their classmates to solve!