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Opposites, photography, an unlikely friendship, and book care... what a combo! This lesson gets kids up and moving -- and it lends itself to a little dictionary and thesaurus work as well!
Start by reading Erik Brooks' Polar Opposites about a friendship between two animals who are very different! Then, move right into a PowerPoint (in PDF format). Review some basic library opposites that gently nudge students to think about the dreaded mid-year book care slump!
Follow up, if you like, by sending your students out into your library shelves to find more antonyms, like the examples in the PowerPoint. Whether they're looking at characters, settings, or book cover illustrations, they're sure to come up with some opposite pairs to surprise you! The students can just share their antonym pairs, or you can extend the project to include a little photography and caption-writing (which is how the dictionaries and thesauri will come in to play). The results will make a great display or bulletin board!
If you have less time, as another lesson follow-up, I've included a few exit tickets. One is an easy opposite match (both words and pictures) to assess your little ones, and there's a crossword puzzle for the older students. You can use the version with or without a word bank.
Please note -- This lesson is formatted as a PowerPoint presentation that has been secured as a PDF. This means it will scroll rather than "click" as you move through the slides. :)