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As I explain to my wonderful students, I consider the synonym/antonym list to be the easiest of these vocabulary activities that students choose from; if they choose this activity, it better be stunning and smart!  My two rules: 1) the synonyms and antonyms MUST match the vocabulary word's part of speech (which is good practice for my middle schoolers!) and 2) make it visually interesting, perhaps using opposite color schemes.

If you have an awesome student-submitted "Vocabulary Synonym/Antonym List," I invite you to post it here in the reply box below.  I hope to create an amazing online collection of Vocabulary-inspired Lists from all over the country...and world...with this invitation.  Please share.

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I look forward to helping you celebrate your writers by having a place to post their synonym/antonyms lists.  Please don't post students' last names, and please don't post any information about your students that might compromise their Internet safety.  THANKS in advance.

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My seventh grader--Angel--is such a good kid, and he really tried to win "Vocabulary Collector of the Week" with his latest set of words, but he's still making a few too many misspellings for that award.  I did appreciate the effort he put into this antonym and synonym list, decorating each word with various interjections of insolence.  

Encourage your students to make their synonym/antonym lists more than just ordinary!

Sixth grader Dontae found the word bedlam in Travels with Charley, and he worked hard to find synonyms that were nouns, not adjectives.

His decorations represent both sides of the antonym-synonym spectrum.

Thanks, Dontae.

8th grader Nate found the word lethargic in I Have Lived 1000 Years.  

He's done a nice job of decorating the list with images that showcase both antonyms and synonyms.

8th grader Hannah keeps her decorations simple, but she goes out her way to make the whole word look nice with a splash of background color.  

I only require three synonyms and three antonyms, but I suggest they find four...just in case they list a word that I think is too easy.  I tell students all words have to be 10-cent and 25-cent words.  

6th grader Hannah decided that "decorated list" meant to add an interesting border.  I decided she was following the rules, though I would have preferred her to use decorations that matched the meaning of her antonyms and synonyms.

Remember, the goal of this activity is for them to match the parts of speech to the original vocabulary word and to turn in something presentable and worthy of being displayed in the student's word collection.

Here is a lovely Synonym/Antonym List from 8th grader Sydney!

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