Shade ‘O’ Meter Teacher Booklet
What is the Shade ‘O’ Meter Teaching Resource?
This helpful, downloadable resource is a 57 page booklet that explores vocabulary through the nine FANTASTIC lenses. It is a tool to help teachers explain the subtle nuances of vocabulary and support children to make careful and deliberate choices about the words they include in their writing.
The FANTASTICs are nine lenses that capture the ideas of writing and vocabulary which relates to each lens is explored in detail in this booklet. For example, the F= Feelings section of the booklet contains:
- 6 Shades of Meaning Scales that list vocabulary for: happy, angry, sad, scared, determined and shy. There are approximately 16 alternative words on each scale that have been listed according to their intensity.
- Each of the 6 scales in this section also have related word banks which include adjectives, adverbs and phrases to help children describe the feeling they are including in their writing.
In total, this booklet includes 25 ‘Shade ‘O’ Meter examples and related positive and negative word banks.
This resource is best used in conjunction with the Shades ‘O’ Meter poster which is wipe clean using whiteboard pens to teach about precision with word choice. We also recommend purchasing the Small FANTASTIC symbols that can be used to signify to pupils which lens they are gathering vocabulary for.