What are synonyms and antonyms?

Same and opposite meaning, Word relationships, Handwriting practice, ELA K-2, ELA 1st Grade



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A synonym is a word that has the same meaning as another word. An antonym is a word that has the opposite meaning to another word.
Download our Synonyms and Antonyms: Big and Small and Synonyms and Antonyms: Happy and Sad activity below.

These activities introduce synonyms and antonyms, and have also been designed for handwriting practice.

Common Core Alignment:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.K.5.B Demonstrate understanding of frequently occurring verbs and adjectives by relating them to their opposites (antonyms).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.1.5.D Distinguish shades of meaning among verbs differing in manner and adjectives differing in intensity.


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Word: fast

Synonym: quick
Antonym: slow


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In line with both the Common Core Standards (US) and the National Curriculum (UK), children are expected to develop a mastery of grammar that will help them become proficient in their use of written and oral language.

Mastery of grammar requires an understanding of concepts such as the different parts of speech (e.g. noun, verb, adjective), the different tenses of verbs (e.g. play-played, go-went), the plural of nouns (e.g. pen-pens, box-boxes, man-men), the syntax of simple and complex sentences and questions, and the correct use of punctuation.


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