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Language and Communication Activities to develop vocabulary through the use of synonyms  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Synonyms are where two different words have the same, or a similar meaning, e.g. both 'bunny' and 'rabbit' could be used to describe a rabbit. Being able to understand and use synonyms when you are talking and writing increases ability to be able to understand and express yourself in a variety of different ways.

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Speaking
P-scales/Curriculum level:L2a
TAP skill:Expressive Language
TAP level:TAP72
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
Section:Primary (5-11yrs) info; Secondary (11-16yrs) info
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What are synonyms?

- synonym picture cards and words - click here to print

- You could also make up some of your own picture/word cards - click here for word list.


1.Cut out the picture cards and word cards. Explain to your child that you are going to talk  about "synonyms".

2. Explain that the word 'synonym' means two different words that have the same meaning.

3. Give an example of a common synonym e.g. 'woman' and 'lady'. Show the picture card and the two written words.

4. See if you can match all the words to the correct pictures.

Find it! Thesaurus Activity

1. Print or draw out your own template.

2. Choose a word to put in the middle.

3. Show your child how to use a thesaurus to find the target word.

4. Discuss the words that mean the same and write or draw them in the circles around the edge of the page.

You could create your own dictionary of key words by collecting the sheets together and making them into a book. This could then be used as a reference for writing.

Focussing on new words that are being introduced as part of a topic would be helpful. This will help increase your child's understanding of the topic and increase the vocabulary they are able to use to discuss their learning.

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