Lesson Plan

Synonyms Give Clues

Build your students' knowledge of synonyms to support their vocabulary development. This lesson can stand alone or be a pre-lesson for the *Get Clued in to Context Clues* lesson.
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Students will be able to use context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words.


Students will be able to define words with synonyms using graphic organizers.


(2 minutes)
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  • Facilitate a Think-Pair-Share about the question: "What are the different ways you can move across a room?"
  • Point out instances where students suggest the same mode of moving across a room with different words (e.g., marching, stomping). Engage the class in a discussion about whether they think those words mean the same thing or if there are differences in them.
  • Tell the class that today's lesson will be about synonyms, which are words that mean the same or almost the same thing.