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Here are suggested activities linked to your weekly overview for Week 7 (18.05.20). This week, we’d like you to spend some time thinking about Synonyms. Synonyms are words which have the same meaning. There are some videos or a PPT linked to each lesson which will hopefully help to explain what the lesson is and a few games to play. Then you have a worksheet to complete linked to your Literacy reading group. Please make sure you choose the correct activity. You do not need to do all the worksheets for all the groups...just your reading group. Also keep checking Studyladder for PODS linked to your weekly work for more practice.

 

If you need any help or further explanations...please email your teacher. We are only too happy to help. Also keep sending us your wonderful work!  laugh

Literacy Lesson 1 - Synonyms

 

Synonym is a fancy term for ‘similar’. These are different words which have the same meaning,

e.g.                  large and big            small and tiny                closed and shut

 

Can you think of anymore?

 

A great way to try to remember this fancy word is:

 

S for Synonym = S for the Same

 

This week’s focus is looking at synonyms. You will be learning some common synonyms and then we will be asking you to delve into your brains to think of some of your own. This grammar topic is great for building up your vocabulary knowledge and so important for moving into P6. Have a look at the following videos and PPT which explain a little more about synonyms...of course, some of them are songs! We  know how much you love them! laugh

The Synonyms Song

Anchor Creative Education work in primary schools across the country leading drama and singing sessions to expand pupils' spelling, punctuation and grammar s...

Synonym Symphony A Song That Teaches Synonyms by Melissa | Award Winning Educational Song Video

I wrote this song about synonyms as a memorable tool to help my students learn and understand synonyms for life. This song highlights the importance of synon...

Synonyms for Kids | Classroom Edition

YAY! It is time to learn about synonyms! Synonyms are fun and easy to learn in this classroom video! Learn what synonyms are and how they can be spotted! Hom...

Why don't you have a go at playing the following games to help you practice:

http://firstschoolyears.com/literacy/word/other/synonyms/interactive/synonyms.htm

http://www.arcademics.com/games/frog/frog.html (You can practice synonyms, antonyms and homophones here)

 

Go to:

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/go/sign-in

You will be asked for a pin code.

LM0649

 

Now that you know what synonyms are, have a go at completing your worksheets for today. Remember to focus on the worksheet linked to your reading group. There are also a few extension activities for you to complete if you’d like a little more practice.

Literacy Lesson 2 - Synonyms 

Following on from yesterday’s lesson, we’d like you to think about synonyms again today. Recap your understanding of synonyms by playing the following games. There’s also a little game you can play against someone at home. You don’t need to print it out to have good fun playing it. There are also two Kahoots you can play to practise your synonyms. The codes are 0398314 and 073034. After you’ve had a go at playing the games, why don’t you have a little look at your PPT and try your worksheet for today.

http://wordcentral.com/games/bigbot.html

https://www.turtlediary.com/game/matching-synonyms.html

Have you completed your main activity for today? If so, why don’t you try one of the extension activities below. They are a little tricky and really test your vocabulary knowledge.

Perhaps this is something you could work on with an adult at home or something you could keep for a rainy day and keep working on? Sometimes it's good to challenge ourselves. 

Literacy Lesson 3 - Using a Thesaurus

A thesaurus is a book of words (similar to a dictionary) and their synonyms. It does not give the meaning of the words, but it will list other words which have the same meaning. Perhaps you have a thesaurus at home? If you do, use it to complete this next activity. If you do not have a thesaurus at home then use https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english-thesaurus which will help you complete today’s activity.

 

Why should we use a thesaurus? Well, sometimes our writing can become quite boring if we continue to use the same words all the time.

Read the following sentence:

 

Sarah walked to the shop to buy her groceries, walked to the park to play on the swing and walked home again.

 

I don’t know about you, but Sarah is doing an awful lot of walking and the sentence isn’t very exciting to read. To make this sentence a little more exciting, let’s think about the word walked.

Can we change this word to add more ‘colour’ to our sentence?

 

Sarah walked to the shop to buy her groceries, strolled to the park to play on the swing and hiked home again.

These new words mean the same as walked, however they add a little more to our sentence and also maybe tell us a little more about the speed Sarah walked at. Try this out at home using your own sentence perhaps?

 

Today’s activity is to practice looking words up in a thesaurus. The words will appear in the book in alphabetical order, so use those skills we practised last week to help you find the words. If you don’t have a thesaurus at home, use the link to using the online thesaurus.

Creative Synonyms Activity 

'Colourful Words' is a fun synonym activity we like to do in P5. We usually use paint strips in school when completing this activity, however you can use the worksheet uploaded below. Choose a word (usually an adjective/verb) and think of synonyms for each word using your brain or a thesaurus. List the words on your paint chip from the most boring to the most exciting and then colour your paint strip in. Use the same colour but vary the shade of the colour to make it look like a paint strip.

 

Perhaps you could send a photograph of these into your teacher if you make one? We'd love to see your work!

 

Another fun activity to do for synonyms is to create your own ‘Wordle’ using words which have the same meaning. I have created the one opposite using http://www.tagxedo.com/  and words which all mean cold. I have chosen the colour blue to symbolise ‘cold’.

Maybe you could give one of these a go too? Choose Load and type your words one after each other in the box. Then you can choose a theme for colour and a new shape etc. Then save it as a Jpg. If you give this a go...make sure to send your teacher your work. You could even make your own using pens and paper instead. laugh

Colourful Words