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Students will increase their vocabulary skills by providing synonyms for given words.
Students will define ‘synonym’.
cards with synonym pairs (try to use ACTIONS)
click here for a list of synonyms
1. Divide your students into two teams.
2. Each team should take turns choosing cards. Pick one team member to act out the word on the card. The
other team should guess the word and try to name a synonym in order to earn a point.
1. Did your students define ‘synonym’?
2. Did your students provide synonyms for given words?
3. H.W. Give your students 5 vocabulary words from the lesson. Let them provide synonyms for the given words
and write one sentence with each word. You can use the language homework sheet.
Students will increase their narrative skills by retelling short stories.
Students will increase their vocabulary skills by using synonyms to retell short stories.
NONE click here for a list of synonyms, teacher reference
1.Write a short story on the board using words learned in the lesson. Underline those words. Have students retell
the story using synonyms for the underlined words.
2. Explain to your students that the content of the story does not change when you retell it using synonyms.
This will help your students remember that synonyms are words that have the same or similar meaning.
3. To make it harder say a sentence/short story orally and have the students retell the sentence/short story using
synonyms for any words they want or for the words you choose for them to substitute with synonyms.
Introduction to synonyms worksheet
Topic: Create your Story... Synonyms
Students will increase their narrative skills by telling their own story.
Students will increase their vocabulary skills by using synonym pairs to create their own story.
NONE ( click here for a list of synonyms, teacher reference)
1. Give your students a synonym pair word list. Have your students create their own story.
Either have students work together or separately.
2. Students should underline the words from the word list.
3. Students should take turns retelling the story using synonyms for the underlined words.
4. Emphasize to your students that when you retell a story using synonyms, the content/meaning of the story does
not change. This will help your students remember that synonyms are words with the same meaning.
4. To increase the difficulty, students can create their own word list and classmates have to think of synonyms for
the underlined words.
Students will provide appropriate definitions for given words by using their knowledge of synonyms and their
Dictionary, Thesaurus, Internet site: Dictionary.com
vocabulary worksheets (optional)
1. Discuss with your students what information a definition needs to include. Many times when you ask students
with language impairments to define words, they don't know where to begin. They might repeat back the same
word you ask them to define, or they give you a sentence instead of a definition.
2. Choose 1 word and ask students to look up that word in the dictionary.
Discuss which information was included in the definition.
3. Explain to your students that synonyms help define words. If they have difficulty providing definitions, ask your
students to at least try to think of a synonym. This helps them start, and understand relationships between given
4. Write 5 words on the board and have your students use a dictionary to write a complete definition.
5. In subsequent lessons, provide 5 familiar words and have your students define those words without using a
dictionary. After they master providing definitions ask them to provide sentences. Have separate lessons on
definitions and sentences to avoid confusion for your students.
1. Can students provide a complete definition given vocabulary words that were used in the lesson?
( lesson should focus on 5-10 words)
2. Can students provide a complete definition for 1 new vocabulary word? ( dictionary may be used)
Student will increase their expressive vocabulary by descriptive synonyms to describe various items.
1. Use descriptive synonyms: tall, beautiful, round
2. Write a list of synonyms on the board.
Students should think of different things that can be described by the words on the board. E.g.: tall building
3. Students should then say a complete sentence about the item they named.
e.g. I passed by a tall building last night.
Students will increase their vocabulary by describing given emotions.
Students will increase their critical thinking skills by providing scenarios of when people feel given emotions.
Materials: flash cards with an emotions written on them
1. Prepare flash cards with an emotion on them.
2. Have students pick out a card and act out the emotion.
3. Whoever guesses the emotion earns a point.
4. Have students provide synonyms for the emotion.
5. Have your students think of reasons by providing scenarios of why someone feels those emotions. (sad,
Students will increase their categorization skills by identifying and naming categories.
1. Say “who can tell me the things that…..
a. you eat
b. smell delicious
c. you sit on
d. you drink
e. clean with
2. After listing different items in the categories write sentences about the categories. Model a few sentences in the
beginning and then have students write their own sentences.
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