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Introduction to Synonyms Lesson Plans

In this lesson, students will learn about synonyms. Students will: • Define synonyms as words that have the same meaning. • Identify and use synonyms.
Essential Questions
• How do we think while reading in order to understand and respond? Vocabulary
• Synonym: One of two or more words in a language that have highly similar meanings (e.g., sorrow, grief, sadness). Duration
30–60 minutes/1–2 class periods
Materials
o Pitch and Throw, Grasp and Know: What Is a Synonym? by Brian P. Cleary. First Avenue Editions, 2007. o If you Were a Synonym by Michael Dahl. Picture Window Books, 2007. o Why Are You Sad and Blue? by Tracy Kompelien. SandCastle, 2007. o Synonyms and Antonyms by Ann Heinrichs. Child’s World, 2010. o Antonyms, Synonyms & Homonyms by Kim and Robert Rayevsky. Holiday House, 2010. • the poem “Synonyms” written on the board/chart paper/interactive whiteboard • a small object (such as a peg, a block, or a bead)

• a rock
• a large object (for the Formative Assessment)
• a small object (for the Formative Assessment)
Assessments
Beginning
Assessment: Teacher will show students a variety of objects. The first set of objects will be big. The teacher will say: “ These objects are big. What is a word that means the same as big? Students on their paper for each item shown will circle the word that is a synonym to big. The second set of objects will be little. The teacher will say: “These objects are little. What is a word that means the same as little? Students on their paper for each item shown will circle the word that is a synonym to big. Intermediate

Assessment: Students will match each synonym on the left to the correct one on the right. toss laugh
big angry
naughty bad
noisy...
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