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A toolbox of skills for teaching the BASICS while

strengthening Reading Comprehension

Homonyms, Synonyms
and Antonyms

Capitalization

Punctuation

Writing Complete
Sentences

Spelling

Word Meanings

Vocabulary
Development

Dictionary Skills
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Antonyms . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Homonyms . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 infant/adult . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
flour/flower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 empty/full . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
bare/bear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 winter/summer . . . . . . . . . . 30
male/mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 sunrise/sunset . . . . . . . . . . . 31
sale/sail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 miniature/gigantic . . . . . . 32
night/knight . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 near/far . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
hare/hair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 top/bottom . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
week/weak . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 start/finish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
blue/blew . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 east/west . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
write/right . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 frozen/melted . . . . . . . . . . 37
tail/tale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 tall/short . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
fair/fare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Review Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Synonyms . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Templates
earth/world . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Homonym . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
doctor/physician . . . . . . . . 17 Synonym . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
couch/sofa . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Antonym . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
bucket/pail . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
bug/insect . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Pictures
detergent/soap . . . . . . . . . 21 Homonym . . . . . . . . . . . . 43-44
suitcase/luggage . . . . . . . 22 Synonym . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45-46
truck/rig . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Antonym . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47-48
chef/cook . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
present/gift . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
gas/fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

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How to Use This Book
Please read this entire page before getting started.

There are three main sections in this book;


homonyms, synonyms, and antonyms.  Blank Page Templates
Within each section, there are 11 related Templates for each type of word
lessons, all in a similar format. You may (homonym, synonym, and antonym) are
choose to use these lessons as an provided on pages 40-42. These are for
INTRODUCTION of the skill or simply for you to add other words that you might
a REVIEW of the skill. want to include.

Page Set Up Picture Cards


1. Set it in concrete! There are 55 related REPRODUCIBLE
Say the word, write the word neatly, pictures on pages 43-48 to supplement
then spell it WITHOUT looking at the the lessons.
word. Check to see if you got it correct.
Here are some ideas for using the pictures:
2. Nail it down!
Use the dictionary to define the words.
• Flash cards
After every lesson, give each student
the related picture to color and glue
3. Create a blueprint! onto an index card. Keep in plastic
Draw it. Illustrate the word or words. baggies for flash card games.
• Riddles
Have the students make up riddles and
4. Tack it on! allow the class to answer the riddles by
You may need to use a separate piece holding up the correct picture card.
of paper for some of these activities.
Many are “hands-on” extensions. These • Creative Stories
can be done in a whole group setting, Provide students with five to ten various
individually or for homework. pictures to incorporate in a creative
writing lesson. The story could be in
5. Dig in! rebus form where the pictures are used
Write a sentence using the correct in place of the word.
meaning(s) for each word(s). • Alphabetical order
Put the pictures in ABC order.
Review Test • Mini books
Put the picture cards in a book format
Measure what your students have learned.
to take home and enjoy.
See the test on page 39.
• Go Fish!
Make four SETS of the homonyms,
Answer Key synonyms and antonyms pictures.
HOMONYM SYNONYM ANTONYM Cut them into individual words and
1. week 1. pail - bucket 1. adult glue to heavy card stock. Place ALL
2. right 2. luggage - suitcase 2. melted
four sets of each type of word in a
3. mail 3. doctor - pysician 3. miniature
4. tail 4. rig - truck 4. near baggie. This makes three GO FISH
5. knight 5. cook - chef 5. finish Games. Play as you would with a
6. fuel - gas 6. frozen deck of regular cards. Great for a
7. bug - insect 7. summer center activity.

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WORD LIST

HOMONYMS
flour/flower

bare/bear

male/mail

sale/sail

night/knight

hare/hair

What is a week/weak

homonym? blue/blew
A word that
sounds the same as write/right
another word but
has a different tail/tale
spelling and
meaning. fair/fare

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flour
Say it! Write it!
Spell it! flower
Nail it down!
flour

Define it!
What does it
flower
mean? Look it up
in the dictionary.

Create
a blueprint! flour flower

Draw it!

Tack it on!
Make sugar cookies from scratch. Using cookie cutters, cut them
into flower shapes. Bake, decorate, and enjoy. YUM! YUM!
Extend it!

Dig in! Write each word in a sentence.

1. flour:

Use it! 2. flower:

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bare
Say it! Write it!
Spell it! bear
Nail it down!
bare

Define it!
What does it
bear
mean? Look it up
in the dictionary.

Create
a blueprint! bare bear

Draw it!

Tack it on!
On a large piece of paper, create a barefoot bear. Paint the bottoms of
your feet and place them on the paper (heels together and feet separated
about three inches). Let dry. The toes serve as ears. Add the face, eyes,
Extend it!
nose and mouth using markers.

Dig in! Write each word in a sentence.

1. bare:

Use it! 2. bear:

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male
Say it! Write it!
Spell it! mail
Nail it down!
male

Define it!
What does it
mail
mean? Look it up
in the dictionary.

Create
a blueprint! male mail

Draw it!

Tack it on!
Write a short letter to a male member of your family. This could be
your dad, brother, grandpa, uncle or cousin. Place the letter in an
envelope, address, and send. Be sure to add a stamp!
Extend it!

Dig in! Write each word in a sentence.

1. male:

Use it! 2. mail:

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sale
Say it! Write it!
Spell it! sail
Nail it down!
sale

Define it!
What does it
sail
mean? Look it up
in the dictionary.

Create
a blueprint! sale sail

Draw it!

Tack it on!
Design a small sailboat using various scrap items such as fabric,
straws, plastic tubs, etc.  Next, write an advertisement for the
newspaper with the caption, “Check out this sailboat! It’s on SALE!”
Extend it!

Dig in! Write each word in a sentence.

1. sale:

Use it! 2. sail:

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night
Say it! Write it!
Spell it! knight
Nail it down!
night

Define it!
What does it
knight
mean? Look it up
in the dictionary.

Create
a blueprint! night knight

Draw it!

Tack it on!
Write a short story containing three to five paragraphs about a
knight who does funny things at night. Be creative!
Extend it!

Dig in! Write each word in a sentence.

1. night:

Use it! 2. knight:

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hare
Say it! Write it!
Spell it! hair
Nail it down!
hare

Define it!
What does it
hair
mean? Look it up
in the dictionary.

Create
a blueprint! hare hair

Draw it!

Tack it on!
Look through some magazines and find a picture of a person. Cut
out his or her hair. Glue this “wig” onto a separate piece of paper
and add a hare’s face and body.  Do not forget his long, floppy
Extend it! ears!

Dig in! Write each word in a sentence.

1. hare:

Use it! 2. hair:

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week
Say it! Write it!
Spell it! weak
Nail it down!
week

Define it!
What does it
weak
mean? Look it up
in the dictionary.

Create
a blueprint! week weak

Draw it!

Tack it on!
On a separate piece of paper, list the days of the week. Next to each day, write
five VERBS describing activities that you could DO that day. Be sure each verb
begins with the beginning letter for that particular day of the week. (Example:
Monday-march) After this week, you will not be weak, you will be strong!
Extend it!

Dig in! Write each word in a sentence.

1. week:

Use it! 2. weak:

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blue
Say it! Write it!
Spell it! blew
Nail it down!
blue

Define it!
What does it
blew
mean? Look it up
in the dictionary.

Create
a blueprint! blue blew

Draw it!

Tack it on!

Illustrate this sentence: The blue kite blew in the wind.

Extend it!

Dig in! Write each word in a sentence.

1. blue:

Use it! 2. blew:

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write
Say it! Write it!
Spell it! right
Nail it down!
write

Define it!
What does it
right
mean? Look it up
in the dictionary.

Create
a blueprint! write right

Draw it!

Tack it on!

Try to write your name using your toes on your right foot. Good luck! 

Extend it!

Dig in! Write each word in a sentence.

1. write:

Use it! 2. right:

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tail
Say it! Write it!
Spell it! tale
Nail it down!
tail

Define it!
What does it
tale
mean? Look it up
in the dictionary.

Create
a blueprint! tail tale

Draw it!

Tack it on!

Write a tale about ” The Famous Fish Tail.”

Extend it!

Dig in! Write each word in a sentence.

1. tail:

Use it! 2. tale:

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fair
Say it! Write it!
Spell it! fare
Nail it down!
fair

Define it!
What does it
fare
mean? Look it up
in the dictionary.

Create
a blueprint! fair fare

Draw it!

Tack it on!
Pretend you are at the fair. The fare for each ride is 50 cents.  If you
go on two rides, how much would that cost? Five rides? Eight rides?
Eleven rides?  Show your work on a separate piece of paper.
Extend it!

Dig in! Write each word in a sentence.

1. fair:

Use it! 2. fare:

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SYNONYMS
earth/world

doctor/physician

couch/sofa

bucket/pail

bug/insect

detergent/soap

suitcase/luggage
What is a
synonym? truck/rig

A word that
has the same or chef/cook

nearly the same


meaning as another present/gift
word.
gas/petrol

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earth
Say it! Write it!
Spell it! world
Nail it down!
earth/world
Define it!
What does it
mean? Look it up
in the dictionary.

Create
a blueprint! earth/world

Draw it!

Tack it on!
Locate the United States on a map or globe. What countries are on
the other side of the world? Name at least three.
Extend it!

Dig in! Write each word in a sentence.

1. earth:

Use it! 2. world:

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doctor
Say it! Write it!
Spell it! physician
Nail it down!
doctor/physician
Define it!
What does it
mean? Look it up
in the dictionary.

Create
a blueprint! doctor/physician

Draw it!

Tack it on!
Abbreviations are shortened forms of words.
What is the abbreviation for doctor?
Extend it!

Dig in! Write each word in a sentence.

1. doctor:
(Use it!) 2. physician:

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couch
Say it! Write it!
Spell it! sofa
Nail it down!
couch/sofa
Define it!
What does it
mean? Look it up
in the dictionary.

Create
a blueprint! couch/sofa

Draw it!

Tack it on!
Draw your favorite place to sit and relax. What makes this place so
special? Write a paragraph describing this place.

Extend it!

Dig in! Write each word in a sentence.

1. couch:

Use it! 2. sofa:

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bucket
Say it! Write it!
Spell it! pail
Nail it down!
bucket/pail
Define it!
What does it
mean? Look it up
in the dictionary.

Create
a blueprint! bucket/pail

Draw it!

Tack it on!
Illustrate this poem:
Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down and broke his crown, and Jill came tumbling after.
Extend it!

Dig in! Write each word in a sentence.

1. bucket:
(Use it!) 2. pail:

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bug
Say it! Write it!
Spell it! insect
Nail it down!
bug/insect
Define it!
What does it
mean? Look it up
in the dictionary.

Create
a blueprint! bug/insect

Draw it!

Tack it on!
Many bug names are compound words — two words put together
to make one word. (Example: lady+bug= ladybug) On a separate
piece of paper, make a list of other bug names that are compound
Extend it! words.  Write at least six.

Dig in! Write each word in a sentence.

1. bug:

Use it! 2. insect:

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detergent
Say it! Write it!
Spell it! soap
Nail it down!
detergent/soap
Define it!
What does it
mean? Look it up
in the dictionary.

Create
a blueprint! detergent/soap

Draw it!

Tack it on!
Do you remember to wash your hands before you eat? To ensure
that you wash thoroughly, while you are lathering, sing the Happy
Birthday song. Keep washing until you sing the entire song. Now
Extend it! that’s clean!

Dig in! Write each word in a sentence.

1. detergent:
(Use it!) 2. soap:

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suitcase
Say it! Write it!
Spell it! luggage
Nail it down!
suitcase/luggage
Define it!
What does it
mean? Look it up
in the dictionary.

Create
a blueprint! suitcase/luggage

Draw it!

Tack it on!
If you were going to take a trip to the moon and could take only 10
items, what would they be? List these on a separate piece of paper.
Extend it!

Dig in! Write each word in a sentence.

1. suitcase:

Use it! 2. luggage:

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truck
Say it! Write it!
Spell it! rig
Nail it down!
truck/rig
Define it!
What does it
mean? Look it up
in the dictionary.

Create
a blueprint! truck/rig

Draw it!

Tack it on!

Draw a picture of a truck. Label its parts. 

Extend it!

Dig in! Write each word in a sentence.

1. truck:
(Use it!) 2. rig:

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chef
Say it! Write it!
Spell it! cook
Nail it down!
chef/cook
Define it!
What does it
mean? Look it up
in the dictionary.

Create
a blueprint! chef/cook

Draw it!

Tack it on!
Imagine that you are a chef at a very fancy restaurant. What
would  definitely be on the menu? List at least five choices and
write a description for each as you would want them to appear
Extend it! in your menu.

Dig in! Write each word in a sentence.

1. chef:

Use it! 2. cook:

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present
Say it! Write it!
Spell it! gift
Nail it down!
present/gift
Define it!
What does it
mean? Look it up
in the dictionary.

Create
a blueprint! present/gift

Draw it!

Tack it on!
Pretend you have wrapped a present in a box and no one knows
what it is. Provide five very helpful clues to tell a partner. Can he/she
guess what is in the box?  You may have to give more clues.
Extend it!

Dig in! Write each word in a sentence.

1. present:
(Use it!) 2. gift:

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gas
Say it! Write it!
Spell it! fuel
Nail it down!
gas/fuel
Define it!
What does it
mean? Look it up
in the dictionary.

Create
a blueprint! gas/fuel

Draw it!

Tack it on!
Assume your family’s car holds 20 gallons of gas. How much money
would it take to fill up the car’s tank if the gas was $1.50 per gallon?
$1.80 per gallon? $2.00 per gallon?
Extend it!

Dig in! Write each word in a sentence.

1. gas:

Use it! 2. fuel:

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ANTONYMS
infant/adult

empty/full

winter/summer

sunrise/sunset

miniature/gigantic

near/far

top/bottom

What is an
antonym? start/finish

A word that
east/west
means the opposite
of another word.
frozen/melted

tall/short

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infant
Say it! Write it!
Spell it! adult
Nail it down!
infant

Define it!
What does it
adult
mean? Look it up
in the dictionary,

Create
a blueprint! infant adult

Draw it!

Tack it on!
Using a magazine, cut out a picture of an infant. 
Do the same for an adult. Compare each one. 
How are they alike? How are they different?
Extend it!

Dig in! Write each word in a sentence.

1. infant:

Use it! 2. adult:

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Name:

• Building FUNdamentalsTM
ANTONYMS
Set in concrete! Say it! Write it! Spell it! (Don’t look!)

empty
Say it! Write it!
Spell it! full
Nail it down!
empty

Define it!
What does it
full
mean? Look it up
in the dictionary,

Create
a blueprint! empty full

Draw it!

Tack it on!
Pour water into a container. Now empty it into a measuring
cup to see how much the container holds.
Extend it!

Dig in! Write each word in a sentence.

1. empty:

Use it! 2. full:

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Name:

Building FUNdamentalsTM
ANTONYMS •
Set in concrete! Say it! Write it! Spell it! (Don’t look!)

winter
Say it! Write it!
Spell it! summer
Nail it down!
winter

Define it!
What does it
summer
mean? Look it up
in the dictionary,

Create
a blueprint! winter summer

Draw it!

Tack it on!
List all of the winter and summer holidays.
Which holiday is your favorite? Why?
Extend it!

Dig in! Write each word in a sentence.

1. winter:

Use it! 2. summer:

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Name:

• Building FUNdamentalsTM
ANTONYMS
Set in concrete! Say it! Write it! Spell it! (Don’t look!)

sunrise
Say it! Write it!
Spell it! sunset
Nail it down!
sunrise

Define it!
What does it
sunset
mean? Look it up
in the dictionary,

Create
a blueprint! sunrise sunset

Draw it!

Tack it on!

The sun rises in the _______________ and sets in the _______________.

Extend it!

Dig in! Write each word in a sentence.

1. sunrise:

Use it! 2. sunset:

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Name:

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ANTONYMS •
Set in concrete! Say it! Write it! Spell it! (Don’t look!)

miniature
Say it! Write it!
Spell it! gigantic
Nail it down!
miniature

Define it!
What does it
gigantic
mean? Look it up
in the dictionary,

Create
a blueprint! miniature gigantic

Draw it!

Tack it on!
Draw a miniature elephant and a gigantic flea.
Write a creative story about them.
Extend it!

Dig in! Write each word in a sentence.

1. miniature:

Use it! 2. gigantic:

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Name:

• Building FUNdamentalsTM
ANTONYMS
Set in concrete! Say it! Write it! Spell it! (Don’t look!)

near
Say it! Write it!
Spell it! far
Nail it down!
near

Define it!
What does it
far
mean? Look it up
in the dictionary,

Create
a blueprint! near far

Draw it!

Tack it on!
What relative lives nearest to you?
What relative lives the farthest away from you?
Extend it!

Dig in! Write each word in a sentence.

1. near:

Use it! 2. far:

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Name:

Building FUNdamentalsTM
ANTONYMS •
Set in concrete! Say it! Write it! Spell it! (Don’t look!)

top
Say it! Write it!
Spell it! bottom
Nail it down!
top

Define it!
What does it
bottom
mean? Look it up
in the dictionary,

Create
a blueprint! top bottom

Draw it!

Tack it on!
Choose an object to describe in great detail from TOP to BOTTOM. 
Write this in paragraph form.
Extend it!

Dig in! Write each word in a sentence.

1. top:

Use it! 2. bottom:

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Name:

• Building FUNdamentalsTM
ANTONYMS
Set in concrete! Say it! Write it! Spell it! (Don’t look!)

start
Say it! Write it!
Spell it! finish
Nail it down!
start

Define it!
What does it
finish
mean? Look it up
in the dictionary,

Create
a blueprint! start finish

Draw it!

Tack it on!
How long does it take you to write the alphabet from START to FINISH
(A-Z)? If it was under one minute, try writing it from FINISH to START
(Z-A) this time. Which took longer?
Extend it!

Dig in! Write each word in a sentence.

1. start:

Use it! 2. finish:

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Name:

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ANTONYMS •
Set in concrete! Say it! Write it! Spell it! (Don’t look!)

east
Say it! Write it!
Spell it! west
Nail it down!
east

Define it!
What does it
west
mean? Look it up
in the dictionary,

Create
a blueprint! east west

Draw it!

Tack it on!
Find your state on a map.
What is to the EAST of your state? What is to the WEST?
Extend it!

Dig in! Write each word in a sentence.

1. east:

Use it! 2. west:

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Name:

• Building FUNdamentalsTM
ANTONYMS
Set in concrete! Say it! Write it! Spell it! (Don’t look!)

frozen
Say it! Write it!
Spell it! melted
Nail it down!
frozen

Define it!
What does it
melted
mean? Look it up
in the dictionary,

Create
a blueprint! frozen melted

Draw it!

Tack it on!
Fold a piece of blue paper in half. On one side, paint a snowman. 
On the other side, paint a large sun and the snowman. What does
this snowman look like? What happened?
Extend it!

Dig in! Write each word in a sentence.

1. frozen:

Use it! 2. melted:

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Name:

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ANTONYMS •
Set in concrete! Say it! Write it! Spell it! (Don’t look!)

tall
Say it! Write it!
Spell it! short
Nail it down!
tall

Define it!
What does it
short
mean? Look it up
in the dictionary,

Create
a blueprint! tall short

Draw it!

Tack it on!
Illustrate a progression of an object going from TALL to SHORT. 
Use at least five different sizes for the same character.
Extend it!

Dig in! Write each word in a sentence.

1. tall:

Use it! 2. short:

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Review Test
Name:

Use the correct word in each sentence. 


HOMONYMS
Write it in the blank.

1. A ____________________ contains seven days.


week weak

2. Make a ____________________ turn onto the next street.


write right

3. The ____________________ was not delivered yesterday.  It was a holiday.


male mail

4. The rabbit’s ____________________ was very soft and furry.


tail tale

5. Princess Lily was saved by the brave ____________________.


night knight

SYNONYMS ANTONYMS
Match the word to the left with its What is the antonym for each word
synonym on the right. listed below?  Write  it in the blank.

1. pail suitcase 1. infant _________________________

2. luggage physician 2. frozen _________________________

3. doctor chef 3. gigantic_______________________

4. rig bucket 4. far _________________________

5. cook truck 5. start _________________________

6. fuel insect 6. melted_ _______________________

7. bug gas 7. winter _________________________

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Set in concrete! Say it! Write it! Spell it! (Don’t look!)

Say it! Write it!


Spell it!

Nail it down!

Define it!
What does it
mean? Look it up
in the dictionary.

Create
a blueprint!

Draw it!

Tack it on!

Extend it!

Dig in! Write each word in a sentence.

1.

Use it! 2.

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Name:

• Building FUNdamentalsTM
SYNONYMS
Set in concrete! Say it! Write it! Spell it! (Don’t look!)

Say it! Write it!


Spell it!

Nail it down!

Define it!
What does it
mean? Look it up
in the dictionary.

Create
a blueprint!

Draw it!

Tack it on!

Extend it!

Dig in! Write each word in a sentence.

1.

(Use it!) 2.

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ANTONYMS Name:

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ANTONYMS •
Set in concrete! Say it! Write it! Spell it! (Don’t look!)

Say it! Write it!


Spell it!

Nail it down!

Define it!
What does it
mean? Look it up
in the dictionary,

Create
a blueprint!

Draw it!

Tack it on!

Extend it!

Dig in! Write each word in a sentence.

1.

Use it! 2.

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HOMONYM PICTURES

flour flower bare bear

male mail sale sail

night knight hare hair

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HOMONYM PICTURES

week weak blue blew

write right tail tale

fair fare

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SYNONYM PICTURES

earth / world doctor / physician

couch / sofa bucket / pail

bug / insect detergent / soap

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SYNONYM PICTURES

suitcase / luggage truck / rig

chef / cook present / gift

gas / fuel

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ANTONYM PICTURES

infant adult empty full

winter summer sunrise sunset

miniature gigantic near far

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ANTONYM PICTURES

top bottom start finish

east west frozen melted

tall short

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