Enhancing Vocabulary | Shades of Meaning: Start with an okay word and use a thesaurus to identify 8 synonyms. Have students circle 3 of the synonyms in varying degrees of strength. Fill up the remaining paint-swatch boxes with the varied synonyms, building up.
Spessartite garnet is ideochromatic, meaning it is colored by a fundamental element in its composition. That element is manganese, which produces an orange color. Without the manganese, the stone would no longer be spessartite (Mandarin garnet)