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Wheely Wonderful Words – Overused Verbs

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A word wheel of synonyms and similar words that could be used instead of some commonly overused verbs.

Students can cut out this wonderful word wheel and glue it in the back of their writing journals. They can refer to the wheel to help them choose the best possible verbs in their writing.

The words in the centre should not be used very often. They are a guide for finding better words to use instead. The words in the second ring are synonyms for the middle words. They can be used more often. The words in the outer ring are especially descriptive and can be used in very specific circumstances.

Verbs included on the wheel are:

  • walked
  • got
  • said
  • saw
  • put
  • laughed
  • ran
  • gave
  • ate
  • liked.

  Australian Curriculum alignment

  • ACELA1470

    Understand the use of vocabulary about familiar and new topics and experiment with and begin to make conscious choices of vocabulary to suit audience and purposeElaborationsinterpreting new terminology drawing on prior knowledge, analogies and connec...

  • ACELA1512

    Understand the use of vocabulary to express greater precision of meaning, and know that words can have different meanings in different contextsElaborationsmoving from general, ‘all-purpose’ words, for example ‘cut’, to more sp...

  • ACELA1498

    Incorporate new vocabulary from a range of sources into students’ own texts including vocabulary encountered in researchElaborationsbuilding etymological knowledge about word origins (for example 'thermometer') and building vocabulary from resea...

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