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What are synonyms and antonyms?

What are synonyms and antonyms?


A synonym is a word that has the same meaning as another word. An antonym is a word that has the opposite meaning to another word.
Download our Synonyms and Antonyms: Big and Small and Synonyms and Antonyms: Happy and Sad activity below.

These activities introduce synonyms and antonyms, and have also been designed for handwriting practice.


Common Core Alignment:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.K.5.B Demonstrate understanding of frequently occurring verbs and adjectives by relating them to their opposites (antonyms).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.1.5.D Distinguish shades of meaning among verbs differing in manner and adjectives differing in intensity.


Word: fastSynonym: quickAntonym: slow Synonym: quickAntonym: slow


Deep Dive

Read our report on the Science of Reading. Research-based reading instruction must incorporate the 5 pillars of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. This report provides an easy to understand overview of each of these pillars and explains the important connection between how the brain learns to read (the Neuroscience of Reading) and how we teach children to read (The Science of Reading Instruction). It also explains why helping children build connections between letters and sounds, through phonics and phonemic awareness, is so crucial for the developing reading mind. This report is perfect for sharing with colleagues and friends!