This resource consists of three spring-themed worksheets for addressing the skill of semantic feature analysis. It also contains one blank semantic feature analysis grid for coming up with your own spring items and features. This activity is great for improving higher-level expressive language skills such as comparing/contrasting, describing, and explaining word relationships. Students match spring words to applicable features such as category (ex: it's an insect), attributes (ex: has stripes), adjectives (ex: soft), locations (ex: found in the sky) and then mark the boxes with X's, checks, or pluses and minuses. Students can practice explaining their choices using complete sentences or discussing them if in a group; some features are not clear-cut and choices will need to justified (ex: "rain boots" and "round," or "robin" and "can open.") Once features have been checked for each spring item, students can be asked to compare/contrast any two of the items. They can also count how many features each set of spring items has in common to see which two are the most or least similar and/or can come up with additional features that describe the items. The student can be required to explain relationships between words (ex: "How does an Easter egg go with Easter?") Last, the student can come up with their own spring items and features to complete the blank semantic feature analysis grid.
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