Opposites and Antonyms

Contributor: Melissa LaRusso. Lesson ID: 12158

Do you know the difference between "Stop" and "Go"? I hope so when you're near a busy street! Words like "on" and "off" are opposite words, called antonyms. Learn about them with games and Dr. Seuss!


Comprehension, Grammar

learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Skill Sharpener

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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  • When you read these words, what do you think of?
  • Do they mean the same thing?

"Push" and "Pull" are antonyms.

Antonyms are words that mean the opposite, or have different meanings. As you watch an excerpt from Antonyms  Lesson Video, from Homeschool Pop, write down two pairs of opposite words. You will have a chance to interact with the video by choosing the pair of opposites. Tell someone your answer before the video shows you the answer. You may need to pause the video to do this.

Share the words you write down with another person.

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  • How did you do choosing the correct antonym pair?
  • Give someone nearby, a thumbs-up if you feel good about learning antonyms.
  • Give someone nearby,  a thumb pointing to the side if you feel like you need more practice with antonyms.

Tell your parent or teacher what an antonym does, then move on to the Got It? section for more practice with antonyms.

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