We’re working on antonyms this week, which I'm loving. Somewhere in my travels on Pinterest last week, I came across a couple awesome antonym pins. I can’t seem to find the original poster, (if anyone knows who it is, please let me know so I can give proper credit!) but it seems to be a popular idea – maybe there isn’t an “original” poster! (Side bar: that’s one of the things I love most about teaching – so many “original” ideas have been thought of before!)
Anyway, I LOVE LOVE LOVE giving my students visuals and tricks to help them remember things. I’ve had MANY kids confusing antonyms and synonyms this year – so this poster is SUCH a huge help! Hopefully in the future they’ll hear “antonyms” and immediately picture ANTS… and then they’ll remember the difference. J
This morning we started with a read aloud (as MANY of my lessons do!). We read A Special Gift: An Antonym Story by Christine Corona. I actually have a class set of these books, so while I was reading it aloud, my kids were reading it with me. At the end of each page, we stopped and talked about the different pairs of antonyms and made a chart on the board. I forgot to take a picture of it, but we added our own ideas to the chart on the board as well.
Afterwards, they each picked a pair of words and illustrated them on their own little ant. I love how they turned out! I tend to have perfectionist tendencies, so I like making the poster myself and then adding in examples from the kids… it’s a perfect combination of my Type A personality and KidCentric – in my opinion. J
I love how this little guy has a ponytail!
We left our list of antonyms on the board. Tomorrow, as a quick review/assessment, I’m giving them each a page to fill out with 4 ants on it. I made it a quick FREEBIE, which you can find here!