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Second-graders Lay “Dead” Words to Rest

In a fun lesson that brought together the Halloween spirit and language arts, second-graders in Cicely Knecht and Danielle Necessary’s classes held a ceremony for “dead” words in mid-October. Students wrote an obituary for the often overused word, such as “like” and “nice,” then shared a list of synonyms they and their classmates could use instead. Students wrote the word and its synonyms on a tombstone and created a collection of the words outside their classrooms.