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8 of the Best Synonyms and Antonyms Worksheets and Resources for KS2 SPaG

Get your pupils' grammar games on point by spicing up their writing with these antonym and synonym activities and ideas...

  • 8 of the Best Synonyms and Antonyms Worksheets and Resources for KS2 SPaG

1 | Synonyms SPaG Challenge Mat

This review mat for Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling is an excellent way to revise and practise using synonyms.

These worksheets are divided into 5 different types of activity, including writing challenges and GPS sample test questions.

Get this resource here.

2 | Antonyms SPaG Challenge Mat

Want the same for antonyms? We’ve got you covered.

Find this one here.

3 | Graveyard of deceased words

I’m sure all teachers have their own list of words they’re bored of seeing in children’s writing, and almost all of them will include the ones used here.

This Halloween-themed vocabulary display from Laura Holder includes a printable sign for your vocabulary graveyard, and six gravestones for ‘dead words’ to avoid using: happy, sad, cold, hot, small and big.

There are also accompanying bats for each gravestone which offer synonyms for each of the dead words.

Plus, there’s also an editable version included for you to create your own words.

Download all this here.

4 | Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Lesson – Explore how Pupils can use Synonyms to Improve Work

With this resource Children reading an extract from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and use this as a basis for seeing how synonyms can change writing.

Can they write a boring newspaper story about Willy Wonka’s competition? What can they then do to improve it with attention-grabbing headlines etc?

Use the newspaper template included in this lesson plan for KS1 and KS2 to help structure children’s writing.

Find it here.

5 | ‘Said’ synonyms

Sticking with Roald Dahl, this resource uses lines from James and the Giant Peach and asks students to fill in the blanks with an interesting and appropriate synonym for said, by using the context of the line itself.

Then, students get to write their own responses for characters to certain lines, while again, choosing an interesting said synonym each time.

Print out this worksheet here.

6 | 100 overused words and alternatives

This excellent resource from Vocabulary Ninja lists 100 words, and then offers six increasingly adventurous synonyms for each.

For example, here are the first six words on the list, and their synonyms:

  • Amazing: fantastic, incredible, remarkable, splendid, staggering, breathtaking
  • Angry: cross, fuming, annoyed, irritated, irate, exasperated
  • Awesome: spectacular, glorious, astonishing, exceptional, sensational, phenomenal
  • Bad: awful, rotten, dreadful, wretched, vile, loathsome
  • Beautiful: appealing, elegant, enticing, angelic, ravishing, bewitching

Check it out here.

7 | Interesting verbs list

This simple worksheet lets pupils think of two interesting verbs which could be used in place of the list of common verbs in a table.

Get it here.

8 | Synonym and antonym bingo

This resource includes printable bingo boards for you to use, all you need is to give children counters to cover.

You can play by calling out synonyms, or antonyms, from the list provided.

Download and print here.

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