Shades of Meaning

Anchor Charts

Enjoy these activities to help teach the skill shades of meaning to your students.

Shades of Meaning Anchor Chart
Shades of Meaning Anchor Chart

These two anchor charts are good examples of how you can create an anchor chart in just a few minutes with really simple graphics such as the fire and stick figures. Later when you have more time the anchor chart can be recreated with better clipart. Both relay the message, but the second is a better classroom display that students seem to notice and talk about.

Additional Shades of Meaning Resources

Click on the link under the photo to go to the free color words word wall.

One great way to introduce the concept of shades of meaning is by using different shades of color. Try using this free color word wall to introduce shades of meaning to your students.


Print out all the words for various shades of one color. For example, midnight blue, colbalt, indigo, Duke blue, federal blue, Yale blue, denim, oxford blue, sky blue, and azure. Have students organize these colors from the darkest shades to the lightest shades. 

Use this as an analogy that many words can be organized by similar valuables from stronger to milder meanings.

Vocabulary Related Webpages


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Compound Words
Context Clues
Prefix Games


Root Words
Shades of Meaning
Troublesome Words

Synonyms and Antonyms