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Identify Complex Connections Between Known Words

In this worksheet, students will identify a pair of synonyms, one from each set of brackets.

'Identify Complex Connections Between Known Words' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 5 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?

assorted        varied        ranging


They all mean the same thing…to be different!


A selection of different sweets and cookies


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 different: unique, individual, unusual.



Which of the following are synonyms for puzzle?

mystery        solve        answer        riddle        teaser


Mystery, riddle and teaser are all synonyms for puzzle as they mean the same or a similar thing.


elephant puzzle


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


Let’s try another:

We need to select a word from the left set of brackets that is a synonym for a word in the right set of brackets.

There is only one possible pair.

(promise, contest, propose)    (conceal, vow, consider)


The answers are promise and vow, as they both mean you swear to do something.


Try this one:

(distinct, forged, trustworthy)    (unlikely, conflicting, clear)


The answers are distinct and clear - for example someone has a clear and distinct voice if they are easy to hear and understand.



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!

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