Identifying words with similar meanings

Build vocabulary knowledge using the following methods as well as reading and writing activities:

  • physically – act out meaning physically or with puppets
  • visually have activities to talk about meanings in pictures
  • auditory – listening comprehension activities.

Activity 1: similar meanings

  • Jointly create word walls of synonyms while reading and display them in the classroom
  • Use a thesaurus to find synonyms and antonyms
  • Explore Kidspiration to create synonym word webs after teacher has modelled how to draw a word web (spider web with base word in centre on spider and synonyms on spokes).
  • Synonym matching activity: Have one large A3 poster or interactive whiteboard (IWB) showing words and their synonyms (these could be matched with synonyms when students first play and later mixed up). Each child holds one A4 poster which contains one word. Play musical statues but when the music stops students have to find the other students with words of similar meaning, for example, more/over/extra. Any local Aboriginal language or Aboriginal English words can be put on the A4 posters as well to add more significance and cultural meaning to the game. Contact your local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) representatives and Aboriginal community members for information about the local language or Aboriginal English.

References

Australian curriculum – ACELA1498: Text structure and organisation: Incorporate new vocabulary from a range of sources into students’ own texts including vocabulary encountered in research.

NSW syllabus – EN2-9B: Incorporate new vocabulary from a range of sources into students' own texts including vocabulary encountered in research.

NSW literacy continuum – Vocabulary knowledge, Cluster 9, Marker 1: Uses synonyms for a range of common words.

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