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Synonyms & Antonyms Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Teaching synonyms and antonyms to your students? This lesson plan outlines each, using a video to engage students with content. Lead discussions, define terms, and apply concepts with a fun activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'synonym' and 'antonym'
  • identify synonyms and antonyms in text
  • demonstrate their understanding of synonyms and antonyms in active learning

Length:

  • 45 minutes

Materials

  • Synonym/antonym task cards - write a word on an index card and its synonym or antonym on another; each student will need one card
  • Word lists for games, one for each partner pair
  • Red/yellow math color chips
  • Recording sheet or white boards with markers and erasers

Key Vocabulary

  • Synonym
  • Antonym

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.5.c

Demonstrate understanding of words by relating them to their opposites (antonyms) and to words with similar but not identical meanings (synonyms).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.5

Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.4.c

Consult reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation and determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases.

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