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Opposites Attract (Elementary School)

Angela Raybon


Opposites Attract! Students use newspaper and magazine pictures to show opposites


The student knows homophones, synonyms, and antonyms for a variety of words.


-Book [A Kaleidoscope of Kids] by Emma Damon, Dial Books for Young Readers, 1995
ISBN 0-8037-1845-4
-Construction Paper


1. Have book available.
2. Have class generated list of opposites available.
3. Have paper, glue, scissors, newspaper, and magazines available.
4. Pass out materials.
5. Collect finished products.


1. Review opposites(antonyms) with children.

2. Read the book [Kaleidoscope of Kids] by Emma Damon

3. Ask students to listen for opposites as you read the book.

4. Students generate a list of opposites found in the story.

5. Now tell students they are going to use newspaper and magazine pictures to find four pairs of opposites. They will glue the pictures on construction paper.

6. Pass out construction paper.

7. Have students fold their paper in eighths (teacher will model).

8. Pass out magazines and newspapers.

9. Students will make four pairs of opposites.

10. While students are gluing pictures of opposites, teacher walks around and observes, giving them feedback. If student is having difficulty, help the student find opposites.

11. Have students share their opposites.


Each student produces a pictorial representation using newspaper and magazine pictures- to show opposites. Students will be given the opportunity to revise picture until mastery is reached.
Teacher circulates and provides feedback to students, while formatively assessing their knowledge of opposites, based on finished product.


Students label the opposites.
Introduce synonyms, then have students think of synonyms for each word.
Ex. Big- huge, large, enormous
ESE students may orally identify opposites, or show examples in the classroom.
ESOL students may identify words in English and native language.
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