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  Antonyms
Updated 24 June 2003, 15.25

Learning aims
  • Learn that antonym pairs are words with opposite meaning

  • Increase knowledge of antonym pairs
Introduction
Introduce the term 'antonym' as another way of saying opposite.

Point out that some words have antonyms but there are others that do not.

Read through with the class the story

Ask the class for antonyms for some of the adjectives used.

Suggested adjectives and changes are given below.


Speeding drivers given grilling by pupils

People who drive too quickly / slowly past a school in Lancashire have been given an unusual punishment / reward by police - explaining themselves to the pupils!

Normally if drivers are caught going too fast / slow by police they get a fine and the speeding is recorded on their licence.

How dangerous / safe are roads near your school? Click here to have your say?

But at the Lancashire school, eight speeding drivers were given a choice between a fine / reward or facing a group of four pupils.

All eight of them chose to face the kids, and they had to answer lots of / a few questions from the pupils about what they did.


Think!

One of the pupils, 15-year-old Emily, told CBBC Newsround's website: "They all took it on board. Some of them did change the way they thought about speeding.

"It'll help me too when I learn to drive, I'll remember it, so I'll change the way I drive."

The scheme is part of the school's Duke of Edinburgh Award programme, and in one section called service, kids often / hardly ever do things like this to help the community.


Main activity
Children change all the adjectives that are in bold in the

into suitable antonyms.

Here are some possible changes:

  • spectacular / drab
  • most popular / least popular
  • dead / live
  • new / old
  • expensive / cheap
  • Hero / Villain
Extension activities
Children could match up the antonym pairs and think of ten words that do not have antonyms on the

Plenary
Recap on the definition of an antonym and hear children's ideas for opposites.

Did the children's ideas for words without antonyms tend to be nouns?

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