This unit on antonyms will help expand vocabulary and provides lessons to help demonstrate understanding of words by relating them to their opposite meanings. We used a nature theme for this unit. Kids love nature subjects, so we used animal photographs (along with plants and fungi) to keep their interest and assist with the presentation of these lessons.
This unit can be used in several grades.
• PowerPoint introduction to antonyms. A good resource to begin the unit. 32 pages. The slide show introduces 32 antonym word pairs.
• Bulletin Board - Antonyms with a Nature Theme.
Eight full page color nature photographs.
Labels with identification and antonym examples.
Bulletin board subject header.
• Antonyms worksheet 1, 2, 3 - Select the best antonym for the example word.
• Thesaurus Hunt 1, 2 - Use a thesaurus to complete sentences.
• Crossword Puzzle 1, 2, 3 - Fill in the crossword puzzle with corresponding antonym.
• Antonym Paragraph - Students edit a paragraph using the best antonyms to represent the opposite meanings.
• I Have. Who Has? - An antonym based game for the entire class.
• Optional Exercise - Students could create a Reader's Theater presentation by incorporating the dialogue from the PowerPoint slide show.
From The Developer
I was an elementary teacher in 2nd and 3rd grade for 33 years. I'm now a teaching librarian. It was always a struggle to find a good antonym resource, so I helped develop this unit on antonyms. Since this is an important subject to cover in early elementary years, we hope you find it useful.
You may also like our other related Comprehensive Units:
Synonyms: A Comprehensive Synonym Unit
Homophones, Homographs and Homonyms Comprehensive Unit
Synonyms, Antonyms and Homonyms - 3 Unit Bundle
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