Tangier Smith third graders celebrate Thesaurus Day

In order to emphasize the importance of vocabulary and learning new words, third-grade students at Tangier Smith Elementary School recently participated in Thesaurus Day, a holiday to celebrate British lexicographer and physician Peter Mark Roget, the author of Roget’s Thesaurus, who was born on January 18, 1779.

As a way to increase their vocabulary, students in Caitlin Contes’s and Michelle Montalbano’s class, as well as students from Kristi Dunne’s, Melissa Unger’s and Chanda Zadrazil’s classes created Synonym Hats to showcase their particular word such as hello, nice, honesty, learning, joyful, fast and fun, then after looking up synonyms on www.thesaurus.com, they wrote out several synonyms for the word they selected. This is the second year in a row that the third graders at Tangier Smith have celebrated Thesaurus Day.

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