September 3, 2015
by Nekeisha Hall

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Antonyms are Opposites!

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Students will be able to generate a definition for the term antonym. Students will be able to identify pairs of antonyms.

(5 minutes)
  • Begin the lesson by showing your students Antonyms are Opposites.
  • Watch the video twice to solidify the concept.
  • Encourage your students to sing along as the song progresses.
  • Explain that antonyms are opposites.
(15 minutes)
  • Ask your students questions about the video. For example: What are antonyms? Give examples of antonyms that you saw or heard in the video. What is another word for antonym?
  • Give your students additional practice in naming pairs of antonyms by having them complete sentences. For example: If a door isn’t open, then it is ____.
  • Have your class create sentences using antonyms to compare themselves.
  • Write these sentences on the board, and have your students read the sentences and identify the antonyms. For example: Jimmy is tall, but Ben is short.
(10 minutes)
  • Instruct your students to play scavenger hunt for antonyms word cards that you hid around the room.
  • After the students find the cards, have them put the cards on the whiteboard with the matching antonyms.
  • Direct your students to look at the board and confirm whether there are correct pairs of antonyms on the whiteboard. If there are any incorrect pairs, ask your students to correct them.
(15 minutes)
  • In groups, give your students pictures to sort.
  • Direct them to create an antonym picture book.
  • Instruct your students to write a word beside each picture to indicate that they are opposite.
  • Walk around and provide scaffolding where necessary.
  • Enrichment: For advanced students, have them write a paragraph and switch with partners. Instruct the partners to change words to be their antonyms.
  • Support: Give your students the crossword puzzle to complete.
(5 minutes)
  • Observe students as they perform the task.
  • Walk around the room, and give your students feedback on the antonym matches they made.
(10 minutes)
  • Review the definition of antonym.
  • Ask your students to each give an example of an antonym pair. Make sure that each student gives a different example.

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