Explain that synonyms are words that have the same or similar meaning, and antonyms are words that have opposite meanings. Students will read examples of both.
Students will determine whether pairs of words are synonyms or antonyms. They will match words with their antonyms. They will also read sentences and substitute words with their synonyms.
Explain that students can also use synonyms and antonyms as context clues. Students will read two sentences and write the synonym or antonym pairs. Students will learn that they can use a thesaurus to help them find synonyms and antonyms. Next, students will read a paragraph and highlight words that might be overused. They will then replace the words with synonyms.