I got a fantastic old school book, My Word Book, from an antiques store. Dubbed a "modern language arts program," and published in 1959, it was too neat to pass up.
I imagine it was for fourth or fifth graders. It has a dictionary at its back, vocabulary challenges throughout, and tricks and tips for usage of words. I thought it an awesome little thing to sit and brainstorm with.
What I thought fun were exercises in which you complete the sentences with an appropriate word. Try these:
1) The elephant seems awkward because of its _______.
2) The woman _______ carefully to avoid the mud puddle.
3) Are you willing to _______ the prisoner?
4) George does not like to eat _______.
5) An engine needs _______ to make it run.
6) The actress made a dramatic _______.
Leave your answers in comments. I'm thinking silly, like Mad Libs. It's fun Friday entertainment! All from a little, smelly (albeit neat) book.