We’ve been working on antonyms (aka opposite words) in room 10 this month. It is the opposite of boring! (hahaha).

The book I’m Not by Pam Smallcomb was a new one for me. The main character has a friend; a friend who is everything she is *not*. Her friend is fashionable; she is NOT. Her friend is adventurous; she is NOT. But then her friend is terrible at spelling, and she is NOT. Her friend is an awful baker, and she is NOT. In the end, the friends discover that being complementary is a good thing, and can make for the best of friends. There were many opportunities on each page to discuss opposite words, both from the text and the pictures.

Polar Opposites is more explicit about the opposite pairings. The BIG polar bear is from the NORTH pole; the SMALL penguin is from the SOUTH pole. They are messy and clean, loud and quiet, fast and slow. But they meet each year in the Galapagos Islands for a vacation – the OPPOSITE climate for both of them! Fun times can be had with this book.

A book that we did not have time for, but which also contains many antonym pairs, was The Greatest Gymnast of All. Zipping, Zooming Zoe (the greatest gymnast of all!) demonstrates antonym pairs while doing her gymnastic routine. She is ON the mat, then OFF; she has SHORT leaps, and LONG ones; she is OVER and UNDER the hoop… etc. The words and illustrations are more geared for younger children, which is another reason that we did not use it in our classroom (with students who are up to 6th grade), but it would provide great material for carryover reading at home.

YouTube has many (many!) videos about opposites. Here’s a good one from Sesame Street:

TeachersPayTeachers also has many, many free activities about antonyms.

Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Festivus, Delightful Kwanza, and a Merry Christmas to all!

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