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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.

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'Connect Synonyms with the Strongest Link' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 4 11+ worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Synonyms

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Worksheet Overview

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?

gleam        shine         glimmer


They all mean the same thing: glow.


burning candle


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 glow: radiance, luminosity, brilliance.


Which of the following are synonyms for excited?

lively        bored        elated        enthusiastic        relaxed


Lively, elated and enthusiastic are all synonyms for excited 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 spring?

leap        sit        jog


The answer is leap as it has the closest meaning to spring.


little girl jumping


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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!

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