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Identify Synonyms and Antonyms

In this worksheet, students will practice their understanding of the terms 'synonym' and 'antonym' and how each can be effectively used to improve their writing.

'Identify Synonyms and Antonyms' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Exam-Style Questions: SATs English

Curriculum subtopic:   Exam-Style Questions: Spellings

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

This activity will help you to understand and use synonyms and antonyms correctly.

Both synonyms and antonyms could appear in your SATS SPAG test.

Let's start by recapping what each of these terms means...

 

What is a synonym?

Synonyms are words with either the same or a similar meaning.

For example: 'swift' is a synonym for 'quick'.

 

What is an antonym?

Antonyms are words with opposite meanings.

For example: 'same' is an antonym for 'different'.

 

By using synonyms and antonyms you will be able to expand your vocabulary and make your writing more interesting.

Let's get started!

 

Look at the selection of synonyms below and match each correctly to its partner.

 

Column A

Column B

dawdle
hollow
jump
bounce
empty
idle

This question is based on synonyms so firstly, remind yourself what a synonym is.

 

Can you match each of the synonyms below to its partner?

 

Column A

Column B

sack
thought
under
beneath
idea
backpack

Have a good look at the selection of antonyms below.

 

Now, match each antonym to its partner.

 

Column A

Column B

raise
before
rise
lower
after
sink

Ted has written a pair of words below and states that they are synonyms; is he correct?

 

conclusive     inconclusive

 

Correct

Incorrect

In a test paper, a student has written the pair of words below and labelled them as antonyms

 

Is the student correct?

 

tranquil     stormy

 

Correct

Incorrect

Look carefully at the word given below.

 

Can you choose its matching synonym from the list below?

 

miserable

 

cruel

playful

unhappy

incorrect

Look carefully at the word given below.

 

Can you choose its matching synonym from the list below?

 

vintage

 

classic

worst

disease

spoiled

Look carefully at the word given below.

 

Can you choose its matching antonym from the list below?

 

reform

 

display

destroy

correct

help

This one will test your vocabulary...

 

Can you choose all of the synonyms for the word 'easy'?

 

effortless

average

simple

straightforward

pointless

ruthless

This is your final question; let's end on a challenge!

 

Can you choose all of the synonyms for the word 'deceitful'?

 

honest

wily

cunning

straightforward

educated

scheming

  • Question 1

Let's get started!

 

Look at the selection of synonyms below and match each correctly to its partner.

 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

dawdle
idle
jump
bounce
empty
hollow
EDDIE SAYS
How did you do on this first question? Remember that a synonym is a word with the same or a similar meaning.
  • Question 2

This question is based on synonyms so firstly, remind yourself what a synonym is.

 

Can you match each of the synonyms below to its partner?

 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

sack
backpack
under
beneath
idea
thought
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort practising how to use synonyms. Synonyms are such a great way of providing variety in your writing and avoiding repetition.
  • Question 3

Have a good look at the selection of antonyms below.

 

Now, match each antonym to its partner.

 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

raise
lower
rise
sink
after
before
EDDIE SAYS
You are making great progress! Antonyms are a brilliant way to show a contrast between two things or to stress a point within your writing. Remember that antonyms are opposites.
  • Question 4

Ted has written a pair of words below and states that they are synonyms; is he correct?

 

conclusive     inconclusive

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Incorrect
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember that synonyms are words with the same or similar meaning? Therefore, this time Ted is incorrect as he has written a pair of antonyms; words with opposite meanings.
  • Question 5

In a test paper, a student has written the pair of words below and labelled them as antonyms

 

Is the student correct?

 

tranquil     stormy

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Correct
EDDIE SAYS
How are you doing? This question can be marked as correct as the student has successfully written a pair of antonyms. Tranquil and stormy have opposite meanings.
  • Question 6

Look carefully at the word given below.

 

Can you choose its matching synonym from the list below?

 

miserable

 

CORRECT ANSWER
unhappy
EDDIE SAYS
This is a great effort, keep it up! Hopefully, you chose 'unhappy'; it is a synonym for 'miserable' as it has the same meaning.
  • Question 7

Look carefully at the word given below.

 

Can you choose its matching synonym from the list below?

 

vintage

 

CORRECT ANSWER
classic
EDDIE SAYS
Keep up the great work, this is a tricky activity especially because we keep switching between synonyms and antonyms. Did you spot that the synonym for 'vintage' is 'classic'?
  • Question 8

Look carefully at the word given below.

 

Can you choose its matching antonym from the list below?

 

reform

 

CORRECT ANSWER
destroy
EDDIE SAYS
Don't panic if you found this difficult! With each question, you are improving your vocabulary. The antonym for 'reform' is 'destroy'; these words have the opposite meaning to one another.
  • Question 9

This one will test your vocabulary...

 

Can you choose all of the synonyms for the word 'easy'?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
effortless
simple
straightforward
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot that the synonyms for 'easy' are: 'simple', 'effortless' and 'straightforward'? Remember synonyms make your writing more vivid and help to create a more interesting image in the mind of the reader.
  • Question 10

This is your final question; let's end on a challenge!

 

Can you choose all of the synonyms for the word 'deceitful'?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
wily
cunning
scheming
EDDIE SAYS
This is a toughie! Hopefully, you noticed that the synonyms for 'deceitful' are: 'wily', 'cunning' and 'scheming'. Try to remember some of the synonyms and antonyms that you have practised today during this activity. You are bound to impress if you can include them in your writing! Great work, you've completed the activity...how about completing another one so you feel super confident?
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