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Work with a Thesaurus

In this worksheet, students will learn what the term 'synonym' means and how a thesaurus can improve the range of vocabulary students use in written prose.

'Work with a Thesaurus' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:   Grammar Awareness (learn the grammar of Y5 and 6)

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Worksheet Overview

A thesaurus is a type of dictionary that can help us improve our vocabulary.

 

A thesaurus is very useful when we want to improve an adjective (describing word) that we have used in our writing.

 

A thesaurus contains synonyms and antonyms that can help us to increase the range of vocabulary we use.

 

Synonyms:

Synonyms are words that mean the same as the current adjective being used.

 

Example:

Synonyms of big  = gigantic, huge, massive, enormous.

 

Antonyms:

Antonyms are words which mean the opposite of the adjective currently in use.

 

Example:

Happy = sad, devastated, miserable, unhappy.

 

For this activity, it will help if you use a paper or online thesaurus.

 

A thesaurus is arranged like a dictionary, in alphabetical order.

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