Antonyms are words that have opposite meanings. Because children pick up on the concept of opposites quite easily, understanding antonyms is usually a matter of remembering the fancy word “antonym.” The GrammarSong video “Antonym” uses a character called Antonym who is running into trouble for doing the opposite of what he is told. Since all children can relate to the character, the framework of the song provides a memorable tool for recalling the meaning of this concept.
Review Video & Follow These Instructional Guidelines
- Print out, cut apart, and play “Simple Antonym Match.” Allow your children or students to make their own antonym matching games.
- Extra Engagement: Use the printable matching game or the “Antonym Game Cards” within a cooperative learning structure. For example, distribute one game card to each student and conduct a “Silent Search.” Without talking, students walk around the room holding up their game card for all to see. Partners visually look for their matching partner and stand together or “come together to the rug” or another area of the classroom designated. Once all partners have found their matches, facilitate an oral check by allowing each partner pair to present their match to be validated by the other students.
- Complete grammar sheet “Linking Antonyms.”
- Play “Intermediate Antonym Match.” Allow students to make their own antonym matching games.
- Play “Intermediate Antonym Match.” Play “Upper-Level Antonym Match” for students with higher vocabularies. Invite students to make their own matching games.
- Play “Intermediate Antonym Match” and/or “Upper-Level Antonym Match” for students with higher vocabularies. Allow students to create their own antonym matching games.