Teaching Word Meaning
Synonyms, Antonyms, and Homophones
1/5-1/23
3 weeks
3.4C
Lesson
Lesson 18
Lesson 19
Lesson 20
3dr Grade
Time Frame
1/5-1/9
1/12-1/16
1/20-1/23
Focus
Identify and Use Synonyms
Identify and Use Antonyms
Identify and Use Homophones
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Lesson 18
Lesson Overview: 3.4C/ Identify and Use Synonyms
1.
For the lesson on Synonyms, use the Synonym, Antonym, Homophone PowerPoint slides #1-5.
2.
Create the Synonyms Anchor Chart with your students, leaving the synonym column blank.
 Define the concept of synonym
 Ask students to generate synonyms of BIG, the students could say GIANT, HUGE, HUMONGOUS,
etc.
 Record these on the in the synonym column.
 Repeat this process for the words Friend, Tall, Sad, Sleepy
3. Next, the teacher introduces the students to the resources that are available for finding synonyms (a
thesaurus or internet-based resources such as http://www.synonym.com or http://thesaurus.reference.com/)
4. Independent Practice: Students find 3 or 4 synonyms for the remaining words on the anchor chart.
This can be done on a copy of the anchor chart or drawn in their Word Study Notebook
Synonyms- words that mean the same
3dr Grade
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Word
Big
Friend
Tall
Sad
Sleepy
Happy
Run
Said
Mad
3dr Grade
Synonym
giant, huge, humongous
ally, buddy, chum, pal
big, lofty, lanky
unhappy, gloomy, glum
tired, beat, drowsy
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Antonyms-words that are opposites
Word
Nice
Sharp
Skinny
Rich
Gloomy
Mad
Hot
Big
3dr Grade
Antonym
mean, naughty, cruel
blunt, dull, rounded
fat, heavy, beefy
poor, bankrupt, broke
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Lesson 19
Lesson Overview: 3.4C/Identify and Use Antonyms
1. For the lesson on Antonyms use the Synonym, Antonym, Homophone PowerPoint slides #6-8.
2.
Create the Antonyms Anchor Chart with your students, leaving the synonym column blank.
 Define the concept of antonym
 Ask students to generate antonyms of NICE , the students could say, MEAN, BAD, CRUEL etc.
 Record these on the in the antonym column.
 Repeat this process for the words Sharp, skinny, and rich
3. Independent Practice: Students find 3 or 4 antonyms for the remaining words on the anchor chart.
This can be done on a copy of the anchor chart or drawn in their Word Study Notebook
3dr Grade
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Lesson 20
Lesson Overview: 3.4C/Identify and Use Homophones
1. For the lesson on Homophones, use the Synonym, Antonym, Homophone PowerPoint slides #9-11.
2. Create the Homophones Anchor Chart with your students & distribute a copy for students to paste in
their Word Study Notebook
3dr Grade
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3dr Grade
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Homophones-words that are sound the same
but have different meanings, and are spelled
differently
Word
week
ate
pair
3dr Grade
Meaning
Homophone
weak
eight
pear
Meaning
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