What Makes a Good Friend?

Lesson 17


Demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings by participating in word sorts and activities using target unit vocabulary.

Readings and Materials

  • All unit vocabulary 

Target Task


Sort unit vocabulary into teacher determined categories. Explain why the words belong in each category.



  • The focus of this lesson is on pushing students to interact with the unit vocabulary at a deeper level and notice connections between target vocabulary words. 
  • Guide students in a sort of the unit target vocabulary words. Potential sorts:
    • Word categories. 
    • Common attributes. 
    • Real-life connections between words. 
    • Shades of meaning among words. 
  • For each category challenge students to explain the connection between words. When possible, have students place the words in a spectrum to show the nuance between the words and their meanings. Also when possible have students act out the meanings to help illustrate the nuanced differences in words. 
  • After sorting, have students choose three to four words from one category and use them in slightly different sentences.

Common Core Standards

  • L.1.5 — With guidance and support from adults, demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings.

  • L.1.6 — Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts, including using frequently occurring conjunctions to signal simple relationships (e.g., because).