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Connect Synonyms with the Strongest Link

In this worksheet, students will identify a synonym for a given word and will be encouraged to make a note of any new vocabulary.

'Connect Synonyms with the Strongest Link' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:  Synonyms

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

You may have already looked at antonyms (words meaning the opposite to each other) but now here’s a challenge about synonyms.

Can you help us out with these, word detective?

 

What do you notice about the words below?

shove        prod        nudge

 

They all mean the same thing…push!

A girl being pushed on a swing

 

These words are called synonyms.

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

We could also use the following words as synonyms for push: force, barge and poke.


 

Which of the following are synonyms for make?

create        buy        receive        produce        construct

 

Create, produce and construct are all synonyms for make as they mean the same or a similar thing.

 

A thesaurus is a great resource to use to look up synonyms for words.


 

Let’s try another:

Which of the following words is a synonym for ordinary?

routine        spontaneous        rare

 

The answer is routine as it has the closest meaning to ordinary.

 

 

Pssstt!! Here’s a handy hint to help you reach superstar status: 

The first letter of the word synonym is the same as the first letter for similar.  

It’s a clever trick to remember what synonym means.

 

 

If you come across any new words in this activity, make a note of them so that you can use them in your writing.

notepad and pen

 

It’s now your turn to identify synonyms.  

Good luck!

Are you ready to start your first challenge, word detective?

 

Choose the word below that is a synonym for happen.

Accept

Account

Occur

Occasion

Underline the word which is a synonym for scrap.

Small, Morsel, Minute, Tiny

Match the words which have the same meaning. 

Column A

Column B

Loosen
Redo
Improve
Undo
Outshine
Outdo
Exaggerate
Overdo

Choose the word from the following list which means the same as expensive.

 

Beautiful        Dear        Attractive        Adored        Best

Select the word which means the same as display.

Exhibition

Watch

Observe

Gaze

Match the words which have the same meaning. 

Column A

Column B

Report
Description
Resort
Destination
Retort
Reply

You've arrived at the final question already!

 

Underline the word which is a synonym for nuisance.

Irritating, Irregular, Irresistible, Irresponsible

Choose the word from the following list which means the same as frosty.

 

Unimaginative        Unappealing        Unwelcoming        Unfair

Select the word which means the same as loot from the list below. 

 PlummetPlungePlumePlunder
Loot

You're doing really well, word detective - you're halfway through this activity already!

 

Select the word which means the same as solidified from the list below. 

 FrozenMeltingDrippingFlexible
Solidified
  • Question 1

Are you ready to start your first challenge, word detective?

 

Choose the word below that is a synonym for happen.

CORRECT ANSWER
Occur
EDDIE SAYS
There are a couple of words thrown in to trick you here.
An account is a re-telling or a write up of something that has happened, and an occasion is when something special happens, so be careful of these two words! The truest synonym that we could actually swap with the word happen in a sentence is occur.
  • Question 2

Underline the word which is a synonym for scrap.

CORRECT ANSWER
Small, Morsel, Minute, Tiny
EDDIE SAYS
In this example, the word 'scrap' is a noun meaning a small amount of something. The words small, minute and tiny all describe things that are small but they are adjectives; only the word morsel is a noun.
You're most likely to have heard of a morsel to describe a small scrap of food and this is our synonym.
  • Question 3

Match the words which have the same meaning. 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Loosen
Undo
Improve
Redo
Outshine
Outdo
Exaggerate
Overdo
EDDIE SAYS
All of the words you have to match end in -do, so concentrate on what their prefixes tell you if you're not sure!
Think about what you want someone to do if they undo your laces - they loosen them for you.
If you redo something, you do it again to make it better and improve it.
Someone who has outdone you has done better than you and their success outshines you. Leaving you with overdo - which literally means someone has done something too much and exaggerated it!
  • Question 4

Choose the word from the following list which means the same as expensive.

 

Beautiful        Dear        Attractive        Adored        Best

CORRECT ANSWER
Dear
EDDIE SAYS
Make sure you spell this word correctly to receive the mark for this one - don't let spelling trip you up! You need to be careful not to get confused with what makes something expensive! Yes, it might be beautiful or the best, but something could also be beautiful or the best without costing lots of money!
There is one very precise synonym in the list - have you ever wanted to buy something in a shop but the adult you are with has told you that it is too dear? That means it costs too much money!
  • Question 5

Select the word which means the same as display.

CORRECT ANSWER
Exhibition
EDDIE SAYS
Be careful here - three of the words are describing what we do when we look at a display, but do not mean the same as display! Has any of your work ever been in an exhibition? It's just another word for your work being on display!
  • Question 6

Match the words which have the same meaning. 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Report
Description
Resort
Destination
Retort
Reply
EDDIE SAYS
These words all look very similar, so match the ones you recognise the meaning of first. You have probably written reports and descriptions as part of your school work and you might have seen adverts for beautiful holiday resorts or destinations.
That leaves retort as the word you are least likely to have heard of. A retort is often a rude reply - look it up in the dictionary if you're not sure!
  • Question 7

You've arrived at the final question already!

 

Underline the word which is a synonym for nuisance.

CORRECT ANSWER
Irritating, Irregular, Irresistible, Irresponsible
EDDIE SAYS
How did you do with this final question? If you take off the prefix irr-, there are a few root words left that have no link to something being a nuisance, so it wouldn't make sense for them to be our synonym here. That leaves us with the word irritating - this is our synonym because if something is a nuisance, it is also irritating.
Great work, word detective!
  • Question 8

Choose the word from the following list which means the same as frosty.

 

Unimaginative        Unappealing        Unwelcoming        Unfair

CORRECT ANSWER
Unwelcoming
EDDIE SAYS
Make sure you spell this word correctly to receive the mark for this one - don't let spelling trip you up! Frosty is to do with cold weather and you might also have heard people's personalities being referred to as being cold or frosty. This would be someone who makes you feel unwelcome.
  • Question 9

Select the word which means the same as loot from the list below. 

CORRECT ANSWER
 PlummetPlungePlumePlunder
Loot
EDDIE SAYS
These words look quite similar, so think about which ones you definitely know the definition for, and which definitely can't be correct. You're most likely to have heard the word loot in a story about pirates - what they steal is called their loot, and it can also be called their plunder.
  • Question 10

You're doing really well, word detective - you're halfway through this activity already!

 

Select the word which means the same as solidified from the list below. 

CORRECT ANSWER
 FrozenMeltingDrippingFlexible
Solidified
EDDIE SAYS
Let's think about what solidifying is. Have you ever tried to spread butter that was in the fridge, but it is too cold and stays as a hard lump that won't spread? Because it is cold, it has solidified. So what do we call it when water solidifies if it's cold - it is frozen!
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