Antonyms and Synonyms – word lists, activities, and worksheets

Antonyms list in developmental order:

Basic – all/none;  big/little;  day/night;  fake/real; up/down;  near/ far;   loud/ quiet;  best/worst;  give/ take;  in/ out;   stop/ go;   fast/ slow;   wet/dry;   up/down;  good/bad;   hot/ cold;   give/ take;   pull/ push;   young/old

Elementary – add/subtract;  answer/question;  beginning/end;  create/destroy;  more/ less;  first/ last;  real/ make-believe;  left/ right;  easy/difficult;  remember/forget;  question/ answer;  hello/ goodbye;  listen/ignore;  cloudy/ sunny;  harm/ benefit;  east/west;  even/odd;  forward/backward;  most/ least;  male/ female;  straight/ bent;  loose/tight;  part/whole;  north/ south;  shiny/ dull;  invisible/visible;  tomorrow/ yesterday;  upper-case/lower-case

Secondary – attract/repel;  increase/ decrease;  cause/ effect;  fact/ fiction;  similar/ different;  future/past;  simple/ complex;  certain/doubtful; majority/minority;  problem/ solution;  multiply/ divide;  common/ rare;  probable/unlikely;  stimulus/response;  fire/hire;  lead/follow;  rise/fall; positive/negative;  guilty/innocent

Synonyms list in developmental order:

Early Elementary – angry/mad, assist/help, bad/awful, begin/start, below/under, bother/annoy, buy/purchase, choose/pick, close/shut, connect/join, combine/mix, company/business, component/part, conclusion/ending, couch/sofa, dad/father, data/information, dirt/soil, find/locate, easy/simple, equal/same, get/receive, image/picture, imitate/copy, intelligent/smart, law/rule, lucky/fortunate, mix/stir, object/thing, observe/watch, name/title, quiet/silent, right/correct, order/sequence, rich/wealthy, tell/say, raise/lift, rescue/save, thin/narrow, trade/swap, trash/garbage, unusual/strange, watch/observe

Later Elementary – accomplish/achieve, answer/reply, antonym/opposite, artificial/man made, attribute/property, bargain/deal, choose/select, collect/gather, complete/finish, danger/hazard, directions/instructions, empty/vacant, estimate/guess, faithful/loyal, float/drift, genuine/real, hall/corridor, hurry/rush, illustration/picture, job/occupation, labor/work, last/final, many/numerous, praise/compliment, reliable/dependable

Secondary – brief/concise, casual/informal, clear/transparent, country/nation, dive/plunge, enlarge/ magnify, evidence/support, freedom/liberty, inspect/examine, instance/occurrence, meaningful/significant, necessary/required, previous/former, value/worth

Antonym Contrast Cards

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(1) Antonyms Basic 1 Doc PDF;  (2) Antonyms Basic 2 Doc PDF;     (3) Antonyms Elem 1 Doc PDF;    (4) Antonyms Elem 2 Doc PDF

Antonym and Synonym Word Searches

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(1) Basic Antonyms Word Search Doc PDF;      (2) Later Developing Antonyms Word Search Doc PDF

Antonyms and Synonyms Matching Worksheets

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(1) Antonyms Matching – Basic  Doc PDF;      (2) Antonyms Matching – Early Elementary  Doc PDF;     (3) Combined Antonyms Matching Activity Doc PDF;     (4) Synonyms Matching – Early Elementary  Doc PDF;      (5) Synonyms Matching – Later Elementary Doc PDF;

Other Antonyms and Synonyms Worksheets and Activities

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(1) Antonyms and Synonyms Sentence Jumble Doc PDF;     (2)  Antonyms Grid  Doc PDF;      (3) Synonyms Grid Doc PDF  (4) Basic Antonyms Remember It Doc PDF;     (5) Later Developing Antonyms Remember It Doc PDF(6) Basic Synonyms Remember It Doc PDF;     (7) Later Developing Synonyms Remember It Doc PDF

(1) Antonyms and Synonyms Sentence Search Doc PDF

57 Responses to Antonyms and Synonyms – word lists, activities, and worksheets

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  49. Jill says:

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  50. Paul says:

    At the time I created the lists, maybe 10 years ago, I used the Nevada Education Benchmarks, I think it was Ohio’s benchmarks, and much of just my own judgment. It was not meant to be scientifically based – which I don’t think something like that even can be – but a loose, flexible guide to language therapy.


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  52. Kristin Edmonds says:

    Could you please cite the source of the developmental word list? Thanks.


  53. Paul says:

    I developed these about 15 years ago, based on a combination of Nevada’s and (I think it was) Virginia’s grade level expectations, and my own opinion. My list is similar to any core criteria, or grade level list, in that it has to be more reliant on belief than rigid science. They’re meant to be a helpful, and loose, guideline about what sort of order in which these words are generally learned.


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