Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Language Arts: Word Relationships and Context Clues

Context Clues, Synonyms, Antonyms, Homographs

Common Core Standards:

L.5.5. Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
  • Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., synonyms, antonyms, homographs) to better understand each of the words.
*Although this is the only place in the fifth grade Language Arts Common Core that synonyms, antonyms, and homographs are specifically mentioned,  there are definitely additional places where they are integral to literacy.

Enduring Understanding: The relationships between words help me understand what I read and improve my writing.
  • What are synonyms, antonyms and homographs?
  • How can word relationships such as synonyms and antonyms be used as context clues?
  • How can I use word relationships to improve my writing?
  • Synonym – two or more words with the same meaning.
  • Antonym – two or more words with opposite meanings.
  • Homograph – two or more words that share the same spelling (graph) mean different things and can be pronounced differently.
  • Context Clues – Hints found within the text that help the reader understand tricky words or phrases.
Synonym Antonym Homonym PDF

Hink Pink Game Board - Use Synonyms to Create Hink Pinks

Synonym Search Group Activity
Free Activities: Synonyms Antonyms Homographs Homophones

Free Activities: Context Clues

Context Clue Chart

Homonym Chart (Cute)








Synonym Antonym Homonym Game Board 


Student Riddle Template for Eight Ate

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