Synonyms and Antonyms

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Synonyms Give Clues
Synonyms Give Clues
Lesson Plan
Synonyms Give Clues
Build your students' knowledge of synonyms to support their vocabulary development. This lesson can stand alone or be a pre-lesson for the *Get Clued in to Context Clues* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Third Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Third Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Workbook
Third Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Week 3 of our Third Grade Fall Review Packet features five more days of learning activities designed to prepare students for their third grade year.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 4
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 4
Workbook
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 4
This final installment of our Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet offers five more days of fun and diverse learning activities to prepare children to enter fifth grade with confidence.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Synonym Match
Synonym Match
Worksheet
Synonym Match
This second grade reading worksheet features common synonyms. Kids connect a word in the first column with its synonym in the second column.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Vocabulary 2
Vocabulary 2
Guided Lesson
Vocabulary 2
This unit not only builds students' vocabulary, it also enables students to explore how words are related, in meaning, sound and construction. Learners will also discover some of the ways words are constructed using derivational root words, prefixes, suffixes, and compound words. Students will also learn strategies we use to shorten words and phrases like acronyms and abbreviations.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Synonyms and Antonyms 1
Synonyms and Antonyms 1
Exercise
Synonyms and Antonyms 1
Encourage students to play the opposite game in this engaging exercise involving synonyms and antonyms.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Human Dictionary
Human Dictionary
Lesson Plan
Human Dictionary
When reading, we all encounter unknown words at times. But how do we figure them out? In this lesson, students learn how to become a “human dictionary” by using a variety of strategies to figure out the meaning of unknown words.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Synonyms: Using Shades of Meaning
Synonyms: Using Shades of Meaning
Lesson Plan
Synonyms: Using Shades of Meaning
Why walk when you can mosey? In this lesson, students will learn how to use synonyms to express shades of meaning in their writing. Introduce the topic with a book, then brainstorm descriptive options for overused words.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Build Vocabulary with Synonyms and Antonyms
Build Vocabulary with Synonyms and Antonyms
Worksheet
Build Vocabulary with Synonyms and Antonyms
Kids identify synonyms and antonyms in this silly worksheet.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Synonyms and Antonyms 2
Synonyms and Antonyms 2
Exercise
Synonyms and Antonyms 2
Now that students understand the difference between a synonym and an antonym, have them solidify that knowledge with practice.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
What's Your Opinion?
What's Your Opinion?
Lesson Plan
What's Your Opinion?
Being able to express and support opinions is greatly beneficial for young learners. This lesson plan includes fun exercises to help students learn about opinions and write supporting statements for their own opinions.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Synonyms and Antonyms 3
Synonyms and Antonyms 3
Exercise
Synonyms and Antonyms 3
This exercise’s further practice identifying synonyms and antonyms will reinforce your students’ understanding of like and opposite words.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Vocabulary in the Declaration of Independence
Vocabulary in the Declaration of Independence
Lesson Plan
Vocabulary in the Declaration of Independence
Help students decode tricky language in the Declaration of Independence with an integrated vocabulary and history lesson. After reviewing vocabulary as a class, students will rewrite the Declaration of Independence in kid-friendly language.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Vocabulary Builder: Synonyms
Vocabulary Builder: Synonyms
Worksheet
Vocabulary Builder: Synonyms
Expand your first grader's vocabulary by learning about synonyms.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Shades of Meaning
Shades of Meaning
Worksheet
Shades of Meaning
Hook your students with this vocabulary builder that encourages them to draw emojis as they explore synonyms and strengthen their emotional intelligence.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Antonym Crossword
Antonym Crossword
Worksheet
Antonym Crossword
On this second grade reading worksheet, each crossword puzzle clue is a sentence with a highlighted word. Kids write the antonym of the word in the puzzle.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Vocabulary Builder: Antonyms
Vocabulary Builder: Antonyms
Worksheet
Vocabulary Builder: Antonyms
Kids practice matching words with their antonyms, a great way to boost reading and vocabulary skills.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2
Workbook
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2
Prepare learners for their fifth grade debut with Week 2 of our Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet, complete with five more days of engaging activities that will review key skills and concepts.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Synonyms are Fun
Synonyms are Fun
Worksheet
Synonyms are Fun
Use your vocabulary know-how to locate the missing word and complete the sentence!
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Read the Word Clues
Read the Word Clues
Worksheet
Read the Word Clues
There are many ways to figure out the meanings of unknown words. Through this worksheet, students record unknown words and find out their meaning using a variety of strategies.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Graphic Organizer Template: Frayer Model — Synonyms and Antonyms
Graphic Organizer Template: Frayer Model — Synonyms and Antonyms
Worksheet
Graphic Organizer Template: Frayer Model — Synonyms and Antonyms
Help your students to analyze their vocabulary words and relate them to synonyms and antonyms with this handy visual resource. This worksheet serves as a great graphic organizer for all content areas.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Reading Comprehension: All Gold Canyon
Reading Comprehension: All Gold Canyon
Worksheet
Reading Comprehension: All Gold Canyon
Young readers will enjoy this passage from Jack London's "All Gold Canyon." They'll complete some vocabulary and reading comprehension exercises too.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Find the Synonym
Find the Synonym
Worksheet
Find the Synonym
Get some synonym practice with this handy worksheet that asks kids to choose the synonym for each word in bold.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Antonyms Game
Antonyms Game
Worksheet
Antonyms Game
Complete a cool puzzle game by finding antonyms (opposites) of words.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Vocab in History: Declaration of Independence
Vocab in History: Declaration of Independence
Worksheet
Vocab in History: Declaration of Independence
Give your 5th grader's vocabulary a boost while deepening his U.S. history knowledge with this social studies worksheet.
5th grade
Social studies
Worksheet

Synonyms and Antonyms

Think of synonyms and antonyms as sames and opposites: synonyms are the same, and antonyms are the opposite. Help your child master this concept with Education.com’s materials spotlighting synonyms and antonyms -- we’ve got worksheets, printable workbooks, lesson plans for teachers, and activities to bring the lesson to life. Once your student gets going, synonyms and antonyms will be the opposite of boring!
Having a large vocabulary is key to fluid writing, but understanding when you can substitute some words in place of others in order to convey the same meaning with variety, or understanding the word that conveys the direct opposite of another word, allows students to write with a more professional voice. They can accomplish this with an understanding of synonyms and antonyms.
Synonyms
Deriving from the Greek word synonymon, meaning a word having the same sense as another, a synonym describes a word that in relation to another word, where the meanings are nearly interchangeable. Students may be able to remember this by thinking that synonym and same both start with s. Some examples of synonyms are:
  • big: large
  • hard: difficult
  • safe: secure
  • cheap: inexpensive

When writing, it can be easy to students to find themselves consistently using the same words. This leads to an immature and repetitive writing style. This type of writing would be unacceptable in any type of informational writing.
Antonyms
  • big: small
  • hard: easy
  • safe: dangerous
  • cheap:costly

The antonym is the opposite of the synonym. This refers to a word that, in relation to another word, has the direct opposite or opposing meaning. Students can remember this by considering the anti- sound at the beginning of antonym. Some examples of antonyms are:
Using the resources provided by Education.com above may help your students understand how to identify and use synonyms and antonyms in a way that will enhance their writings.