Monday, February 4, 2013

Visual Thesaurus

This week my students are reading Chris Van Allsburg's book The Garden of Abdul Gasazi.
 In the text, Gasazi is a a retired magician who detests dogs. He states, " I detest dogs. They did up my flowers, they chew on my trees. Do you know what I do to dogs I find in my garden?" "I TURN THEM INTO DUCKS!"
This is the lead in for my lesson on using a thesaurus and finding the meaning and synonyms for the word detest.

Visuwords is an online dictionary/thesaurus that shows word associations and is great for vocabulary building strategies.

Here's a screen snapshot after I entered the word detest.

It shows the focus word in the middle and words branched off that are similar. The colored circles of the words represent parts of speech.  The lines stand for derivatives of the word. In addition, the pink line pointing to love indicates the opposite of the word detest.
If you hover over a word a definition and example sentence is given.

I created this reference sheet that can be used along with this online resource.

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  1. Wow! I never heard of Visuwords before, but I am going to check it out! Thanks for sharing!

  2. This is similar to Visual Thesaurus. I love how kids get to see how words are connected visually. Thanks for sharing with us.
    An Educator's Life

    1. Yes, it is, but Visual Thesaurus is no longer free (limited use/trial offer for 14 days) So, off I went searching for another source and found Visuwords.

  3. I love it when I am introduced to new resources. I have never heard of Visuwords, but I will be taking a look at it very soon. Thank you!

  4. Such a great resource! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

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