Need a winter library lesson that is sure to engage your students? This one involves opposites, photography, an unlikely friendship, and book care... what a combo! This lesson gets kids up and moving -- and it lets you introduce a little dictionary and thesaurus work as well!
Start by reading Erik Brooks' picture book called Polar Opposites. It explores a friendship between two animals who are very different! Then, seque right into a PowerPoint lesson that reviews some basic library opposites -- and gently nudges students to think about the dreaded mid-year book care slump!
Extend the lesson, 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! (Mine did!) The students can just share their antonym pairs, or you can extend the project even more to include a little photography and caption-writing (which is how the dictionaries and thesauri will come in to play). The results could make a great display or bulletin board!
If you need an assessment piece, 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 more difficult crossword puzzle for the older students. You can use my version with or without a word bank.
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