Synonyms and Antonyms

Contributor: Jessica Buch. Lesson ID: 10181

What's the opposite of an antonym? What's the same as a synonym? Don't hurt your brain trying to answer those yet! Play a jeopardy game and fix up a story to learn more about synonyms and antonyms!


Comprehension, Grammar

English / Language Arts
learning style
personality style
Lion, Beaver
Grade Level
Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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If you were going to describe an elephant's size, what words would you use? Huge? Large? Enormous?

What if you wanted to compare the elephant's size to the size of a flea? You would need words that mean the opposite of huge, large, and enormous. What words would you choose?

In today's lesson, you'll learn many new words by using what you know about synonym and antonyms!

Wouldn't reading and writing be boring if we only had one or two words from which to choose?

Thankfully, in the English language, we have thousands of words to choose from! When we're reading and writing, it's helpful to think about synonyms and antonyms to help us figure out the words from context and also to make our writing more interesting!

Many words have opposites. They are called antonyms. Words that have similar meanings are called synonyms.

What is a synonym of "big"? Think of three words.

What is an antonym of "small"? Think of three words.

Did you come up with the same words for both?

Huge, massive, and gigantic are all synonyms of "big" and are ALSO antonyms of "small". Did you come up with different words? That's OK! That's the great part about using vocabulary — there's always one more way to say it!

Continue and proceed on to the Got It? section for some practice, exercise, and drills!

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