We Make Teaching Synonyms and Antonyms a Cinch!
Our students may experience a myriad of emotions when they can and can’t express themselves effectively, ranging from feelings of accomplishment and equality with their peers to a sense of frustration and anxiety when they compare their communication skills with others in their environment.
As speech-language pathologists, one of our goals is to support students so that they stand out in a positive way when they communicate. WE CAN help them to effectively access their lexicons and answer questions in a timely manner. WE CAN help children with their phonological development. WE CAN help children with their writing. We CAN help second language learners learn vocabulary in another language in addition to navigating their communication impairment. How?
Research on Vocabulary Growth
Here’s a research snapshot demonstrating the importance of vocabulary growth and its connection to literacy skills. Keep in mind the powerful role we can play in fostering vocabulary development by teaching synonyms and antonyms!
Oral language forms the base of reading and writing (Kamhi, A.G., & Catts, H.W. , 2012)
“… deficits in oral language have been found to be both a cause and a consequence of literacy problems (ASHA, 2001, p. 33).’”
Vocabulary development can influence phonological development (Lonigan, 2007)
300 to 400 new words per year can be taught through direct instruction (Stahl & Shiel, 1999).
Vocabulary in grade 1 predicts more than 30% of grade 11 reading comprehension, much more than reading mechanics in grade 1 (Cunningham & Stanovich, 1997)
Watch as children learn about synonyms and antonyms in an engaging way!
WEBSITES FOR SYNONYMS
WEBSITES FOR ANTONYMS
BOOKS ABOUT SYNONYMS AND ANTONYMS:
Thesaurus Rex, by Laya Steinberg and Bobbie Harter
If you Were a Synonym, by Michael Dahl and Sara Gray