Synonym vs Antonym

This mini-lesson can help all levels across the board. It shouldn’t take too long to discuss with students. You could simply just tell them: S = SAME, A = OPPOSITE. They could remember it this way.


If you want to make an actual mini-lesson from this topic because there is extra time or your students are really needing the guidance…

  1. Synonyms & Antonyms Worksheets is a website where you can find a PDF to print**
  2. You could create a class game where you write a word on the board. Students can mind map similarities (synonyms) and opposites (antonyms).
  3. To branch off of number 2, you could also simply just write a word, two other words paired with it and ask which is antonym and which is synonym. For example:

Word: RUN

Two words: SLEEP ; JOG

SLEEP would be the antonym and JOG would be a synonym.

Some sample words to try: FAST, CLEAN, QUIET, SCARED, SICK, PRETTY, UGLY, etc.

**I could not upload specific PDFs from this website due to copyright and terms of use issues, so please browse around and find one appropriate for your class.

The Listening Game

The Listening Game is very simple and free-for-all! Only a pencil and listening ears are required for students. Teachers can use scratch paper and a pencil for this activity.

Where there are 4 boxes, you can use them one by one or use them all if you’d like. Some examples of listening you could do are…

  1. Draw a small circle next to number 2.
  2. Write your name in box number 4.
  3. In the lower right hand corner of number 1, write the word ‘orange’.
  4. Draw a line up and down the middle of box number 3.
  5. Draw one big square overĀ all of the boxes.
  6. Write the number 7 next to number 1.

For an extra challenge, you could include questions about the book where they need to write or draw answers. You may have to explain the names (box, number, corner, etc.) and rules of this activity. Another idea could be to do one box together and get progressively harder as you go.

The ideas are limitless. It would also be great for the teacher to draw along on scratch paper so when everyone is finished, they can compare with the teacher and with each other.