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  Synonyms
Updated 30 April 2002, 16.32
An tiny dog called Taz: funny, silly, or ridiculous?

Learning aims
  • That words with similar meaning are called 'synonyms'.

  • That a thesaurus is a good place to find alternative words.

  • Suggest synonyms for given words.

Introduction
Read through with the class the story
Meet Taz the tiny terrier!

Ask the children for another word that means the same (or nearly the same) as 'funny':

  • hilarious
  • silly
  • ridiculous
  • laughable
Introduce the term 'synonym' by pointing out that their suggestions are all synonyms for 'funny'.

Synonyms can make written work more interesting to read and less repetitive.


Ask the children where they would look to find lists of words which mean the same thing.

Introduce the thesaurus as a good place to find alternative words.

Main activity
Children think of as many synonyms as they can for:

  • powerful
  • sharp
  • creature
  • mad
  • giant
  • dangerous
  • little
  • hungry
Support the less able by providing them with access to a simple thesaurus.

Extension activity
Children can place the groups of synonyms the class have generated in order, from the most extreme description to the mildest.

Plenary
Check the class' understanding of the meaning of synonyms.

Children share their groups of synonyms with the rest of the class.

Does the whole class agree on the order that each group has chosen?

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