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Antonyms

Are you teaching antonyms this school year? Printable worksheets, digital activities, and more options for the ELA teacher have been created just for you by the Teach Starter teacher team! Explore a resource collection full of options for your writing centers or reading centers with editable options to help students meet Common Core and state-level standards. Has it been a while since you were teaching this part of the ELA curriculum? Our teacher team knows what it’s like to suddenly teach a brand-new grade level after years away, so we’ve put together a quick refresher on antonyms!

What Is an Antonym?

An antonym is a word that means the opposite of another word. For example, "tall" is the antonym of "short." Typically adjectives or adverbs, these words are valuable for young writers to learn as they help us describe things more precisely and increase our vocabulary. Alongside learning about synonyms, teaching students about this type of vocabulary word also helps them as they begin to compare and contrast things. After all, when we know that something is not like something else, it helps us identify what that thing is!

Antonym Examples for Kids

Using examples can help your students start to grasp the concept of antonyms. Here are some fun examples that kids always love:
  • Lazy — Active
  • Boring — Fun
  • Yummy — Yucky

Fun Antonym Activities

Teaching antonyms can be exciting, fun, and engaging if you use the right resources. This collection of antonym activities includes the following:
  • Antonym games
  • Synonyms and antonyms worksheets
  • Antonym matching activities
  • Antonym posters
  • Antonym anchor charts
  • Google Interactive antonym activities
  • Antonym flash cards
  • Thesaurus skills
  • And more!

12 teaching resources for those 'aha' moments
  • Go to Antonyms Board Game teaching resource

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    Antonyms Board Game

    Read 18 words and identify their antonyms as you race players to the end of the game board.

    Teach Starter Publishing 4 pages Grades: 2 - 4
  • Go to Antonyms Dominoes teaching resource

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    Antonyms Dominoes

    Match up opposite words with this set of 28 antonyms dominoes.

    Teach Starter Publishing 6 pages Grades: 2 - 4
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    Antonyms Picture Puzzle

    Practice identifying and using antonyms with this 15-piece under the sea picture antonyms puzzle.

    Teach Starter Publishing 2 pages Grades: 2 - 3
  • Go to Four In A Row Game - Antonyms teaching resource

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    Four In A Row Game - Antonyms

    Practice identifying and using antonyms with our matching opposites word activity.

    Teach Starter Publishing Grades: 2 - 3
  • Go to Vocabulary Builder: Antonyms Worksheet teaching resource

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    Vocabulary Builder: Antonyms Worksheet

    Help students practice identifying and thinking of antonyms with this thought-provoking worksheet.

    Teach Starter Publishing 2 pages Grades: 2 - 4
  • Go to Antonyms Are Opposite! - Worksheet teaching resource

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    Antonyms Are Opposite! - Worksheet

    A worksheet to practice identifying antonyms.

    Teach Starter Publishing 1 page Grades: 2 - 4
  • Go to Antonym Task Cards teaching resource

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    Antonym Task Cards

    A set of 16 task cards to practice working with antonyms.

    Teach Starter Publishing 6 pages Grades: 2 - 5
  • Go to Antonyms Puzzle Activity teaching resource

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    Antonyms Puzzle Activity

    36 sets of antonym puzzle pieces to match up.

    Teach Starter Publishing 20 pages Grades: 2 - 4
  • Go to Opposite Describing Words Worksheet teaching resource

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    Opposite Describing Words Worksheet

    A worksheet to use when learning about the properties of materials.

    Teach Starter Publishing 3 pages Grades: 1 - 3
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    Go to Antonyms Polygon Puzzle teaching resource

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    Antonyms Polygon Puzzle

    A puzzle using antonyms.

    Teach Starter Publishing 2 pages Grades: 3 - 6
  • Go to Antonym Flashcards teaching resource

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    Antonym Flashcards

    A set of flashcards to assist with your students' understanding of antonyms.

    Teach Starter Publishing 20 pages Grades: 2 - 5
  • Go to Antonym Poster teaching resource

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    Antonym Poster

    A poster showing the definition and examples of antonyms.

    Teach Starter Publishing 1 page Grades: 2 - 4