It’s opposite day! In this movie, you’ll learn about synonyms and antonyms. Synonyms are words that have the same meaning. Antonyms are words that have opposite meanings. You’ll explore how to use synonyms when you write and how to use a dictionary and thesaurus to find words with similar meanings.
BrainPOP Jr. gives students and teachers a lot of options for interactions, teaching moments, and skill practicing.
Students can use their reading skills by reading various stories that use synonyms and antonyms.
Students can use their writing skills by responding to a journal prompt about synonyms and antonyms.
Students can use their artistic skills to draw the answer to a question about synonyms and antonyms.
Students can test their knowledge with hard and easy quizzes about synonyms and antonyms.
Mother, May I?
Gather your students for a twist on a classic game. Act as the “mother” and turn your back to the students. Students can inch forward when your back is turned. Then call out a word and turn around. Have each student think of a synonym for the word. If they are unable to think of a word, then they must go back to the starting line. Write down the synonyms on the board and discuss words that are unfamiliar to some students. Continue several times and invite other students to act as the “mother.”
Have students pick a paragraph from a history or social studies book and rewrite the sentences using synonyms. Encourage students to use a thesaurus or brainstorm words to replace words in the sentences. How did using synonyms improve the paragraph? Did synonyms make the writing clearer? Why or why not? Students can repeat the activity using antonyms instead of synonyms. Invite volunteers to share their paragraphs with the class.
If possible, gather bar magnets and write synonyms on opposite poles and antonyms on like poles. Invite students to identify the synonyms by finding the words that attract each other. Then have students see how the antonyms repel each other on the magnets. Have students label their own sets of bar magnets with antonyms and synonyms and trade their sets with a partner or with another group. Walk around the room and help students who need help identifying the like and opposite poles on the magnets.
Together with the whole family, hold an Opposite Day at home. Have your child use antonyms to describe his or her day or explain what he or she wants to do. For example, if your child wants to go outside or is hungry, he or she can say “I want to stay inside” or “I am full.” Encourage your child to think of creative antonyms and write down unfamiliar words in their notebooks to look up in a dictionary or thesaurus.
Make your own concentration game at home. Write words and their synonyms on different index cards and have your child match the word and its synonym. Discuss each word and have your child use it or write it in a sentence. Discuss how synonyms can make writing stronger. You can repeat the game using antonyms.
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