Age: Early Elementary
by Laura Ross
Young children love discovering opposites. Here is a lesson idea that involves exploring opposites through literature…and then a fun game to reinforce the concept.
After explaining the concept of opposites, read the book Go Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman. During reading, encourage the students to finish the sentences by saying the opposites. Read the book through a second time and have the students touch their noses each time they know the opposite word.
Then, play the Opposite Game! First, create six sets of opposite cards. Using a stack of note cards and the opposites from Go Dog. Go!, as well as any other opposites you discussed in class, create six sets of opposite cards. Each set will contain 20 note cards, or 10 pairs of opposites. Write one opposite on each card.
Have the students work in groups of four, giving each group a set of cards. Spread the cards out face down for each group. One student flips over a card and says the opposite of the word on the card. Then the student flips over another card. If they find the opposite, they take the pair (much like Memory). The students with the most pairs wins the game…but after solidifying their knowledge of opposites through a fun activity like this, everyone wins!
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Laura Ross is a first-grade teacher in Dallas, Georgia, who holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Phoenix.