It’s Almost Spring! “Grow” Your Vocabulary!

Having a large vocabulary is a great advantage when you’re writing essays or stories. Choosing exactly the right words makes your piece more meaningful and interesting. Why describe someone as “happy” when you could use “jubilant,” “chirpy,” or “ecstatic” instead? And happy’s opposite? It could be “sad” but what about “despondent,” “morose,” or “depressed”?

Synonyms are words that have the same or similar meanings. Each word’s meaning is just a tiny bit different and using different words to talk about similar emotions or situations makes your writing richer and more interesting for your readers. Synonym games help you get an even stronger understanding of what each word means. Playing synonym games is also a great way to learn new vocabulary! Try Which One, Synonym or Antonym?

Antonyms are words that have opposite meanings. Take “exhausted” a synonym would be “tired” whereas an antonym is “invigorated” or “energetic.” Antonym games at give you a chance to practice identifying words that are antonyms. You’ll not only develop a larger vocabulary, but you’ll grow to have a better understanding of the subtle differences in the meanings of each word. Find antonym games for Grades 3-12 here.

Looking for more free synonym and antonym activities? Visit our sister site, VocabularySpellingCity . There you’ll find video lessons, enrichment strategies, and featured games using synonyms and antonyms, along with fourth grade spelling lists!


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