Bundle: Vocabulary Fun: Palindromes, Anagrams, Portmanteaux, Contronyms (17 pg.)

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VOCABULARY FUN WITH ANAGRAMS: A SNOW HEDGEHOG TUTORS ROME (5)
This 4-page printable activity
• first introduces students to anagrams with a story that gives examples
• then presents a Thanksgiving menu with 23 foods that are anagrams. Students are told the number of words in the unscrambled anagram.

Example: a sturdy tree ok (2)
Answer: roasted turkey

Also included is an answer key.

PALINDROMES, SEMORDNILAP: FROM FRONT TO BACK TO FRONT AGAIN
This 5-page printable activity
• first introduces students to palindromes, with examples of palindromes that are words, phrases, sentences, and numbers
• then presents students with 3 pages of fill-in-the blank sentences that use palindromes. Students are told the number of letters in the word(s) that form the palindromes, and they use context clues to determine what the palindromes are.

Example: The navy personnel were alarmed when the ___________________ (5) device on the ship was not working properly.
Answer: radar

Also included is an answer key.


LOOKING AT PORTMANTEAUX: WHEN TWO BECOME ONE
In this 5-page printable activity, students . . .

• read about the etymology of “portmanteau” words (Lewis Carroll devised its use this way in THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

• get acquainted with portmanteaux they already know, like SMOG, PRISSY, and even Kimye and Brangelina

• use definition clues to determine 17 portmanteaux.

Example:
The portmanteau __ __ __ __ __ means “an inn providing lodging and parking” and is a combination of m __ __ __ __ and h __ __ __ __.
Answer: motel (motor + hotel)
Also included is an answer key.


CONTRONYMS: WORDS AND PHRASES WITH OPPOSITE MEANINGS
Students are probably familiar with synonyms and antonyms, but have they ever studied contronyms (words and phrases with opposite meanings)? This 3-page reproducible activity first defines the term and then introduces students to four common contronyms:
bad (meaning either of good quality or of poor quality)
bolt (meaning either to secure or to run away)
bound (meaning either moving or unable to move)
citation (meaning either something given for good behavior or something given for bad behavior).

After learning about contronyms, students use clues on a worksheet to find thirteen additional common contronyms. They examine the two opposite definitions of a word or phrase (like withstand or wear away, see what letter the contronym begins with and how many letters it has (in this case, a seven-letter word beginning with w. Using these clues, they determine the contronym. (Did you think of it? It’s weather).

This activity teaches both vocabulary skills and writing skills because students realize that, when they use contronyms, they have to be precise in letting readers know which meaning they intend.

Also included is an answer key.
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This classroom-tested activity is suitable for middle school, high school, and college classes. Created by Susan Thurman.

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