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Explain the Meaning of Words

In this worksheet, students will explain the meaning of words from a text.

'Explain the Meaning of Words' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Year:  Year 1 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Reading: Comprehension

Curriculum subtopic:   Discuss Word Meanings

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Worksheet Overview

Words with similar meanings to each other are called synonyms. 


When we are reading, we might come across words and be unsure of their meaning. We could use a dictionary to help us understand the meaning, or a thesaurus to see other words with similar meanings. 


Let's have a look at some synonyms for some common words:



girl smiiling





Unwell Boy in bed


Under the weather


Cold Boy blowing hands to warm up in hat and scarf







Sometimes, we might be asked to find a word in a piece of text which has the same meaning as something else.


For example, read the text below:

Brendan was cold because he forgot his hat.


Find and copy one word that means the same as chilly


Which word would you copy? Cold? That's right!

We're looking for a synonym of the word we have been given.


Sometimes, we might be asked to explain what a word means.

To do this, it is helpful to read the sentence carefully to help understand the meaning of each word.

You can also use the pictures to help with this!


boy writing

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