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Spot the Rhyming Synonym

In this worksheet, students will find synonyms of a given word, using a rhyming word as a clue to the correct answer.

'Spot the Rhyming Synonym' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 3 11+ worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Rhyming Synonyms and Antonyms

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Worksheet Overview

Have you already done some synonym practice, word detective?

Synonyms are words that mean the same or have a very similar meaning to other words.  Does that sound familiar?

They are words like small and tiny, or smile and grin.


Two girls smiling


We have an extra step in our challenge today, as not only will you be spotting synonyms, you will also be looking out for rhyming words.

Let's try one together so you get the idea.


Here are two clues to a word:

The word is similar in meaning to boat.

The word rhymes with cherry.


A boat           A cake with a cherry on top


Which word could it be?

Raft   Merry   Ferry   Canoe

The answer is ferry because a ferry is a type of boat and it rhymes with cherry.


A ferry

Let's try another.

Here are two clues to a word:

The word is similar in meaning to smell.

The word rhymes with bent.


Which word could it be?

Sniff   Scent   Dent   Stink


A nose         A child bending backwards


Can you spot the correct word?

There it is! The answer is scent because it is another word for a smell and it rhymes with bent.


A bottle of scent

It's nearly time for you to get started now, word detective.

Before you do, here’s a handy hint to help you reach superstar status!

edplace 11+ detective


Top tip: A thesaurus is a great resource to use to look up synonyms for words. Then you can match up the ones that rhyme.


A dictionary and a thesaurus

Good luck, word detective and don't forget to make sure your answer fits with both clues each time!

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