The following collection of worksheets will teach your students how to identify and use synonyms.

Synonyms are different words that have identical-or at least very similar-meanings. When we are writing any body of work using repeated versions of the same word can bore your readers. Having the ability to replace that word several times can improve how you communicate with your audience. This technique livens up your message and, in most cases, it gives your readers a better and more vivid mental picture of the subject. This is never more pertinent when you are writing a creative piece. Fictional works are built on the foundation of non-repetitive word usage. This takes time to build up, when you notice that you are continually using a word, find an alternative word that may brighten up your work.

This set of activity sheets will introduce your students to using synonyms correctly. Activities include choosing similar words to replace selected words, identifying the correct words within a given list, identifying whether given pairs are synonyms or antonyms, and more. I find this worksheet section to be a paramount toward better writing skills. Having a solid vocabulary that you can call in at anytime starts with this, the simplest of tasks. When you are looking for like words, it is helpful to also know their opposite meanings. That makes it a clear point indicator.

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Printable Synonym Worksheets

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Perk Up Your Writing with Fancy

Read the paragraph below. Replace each bold word with a similar word that will add more detail and interest to the paragraph. Write your word on the correspondingly numbered line.

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Similar Meanings

Find those replacement words in the boxes you are given. Circle the two synonyms in each set of words.

Same Meanings

Read each sentence below. Write a better on the line for each underlined word.

Same or Different?

Read each set of words below. Identify whether they are synonyms or antonyms. Write it on the line.

Think It Through

Write a similar word for each word.

Same Meanings In Sentences

Replace each underlined word with a better word choice. Choose from the words in parentheses. Write your word on the line.

Two In a Row

Circle the two words in each sentence that are synonyms.

Find the Synonym

Circle the correct similar word for each underlined word.

Recognizing Synonyms

Circle the correct the matching word for each underlined word.

Writing with Synonyms

Using a dictionary or thesaurus, list at least two synonyms for each of the following common words. Then, on the line below, use one of each of the words you chose in a sentence.

Be Like The Bold One

Circle the word in each row that is the best synonym for the bold word.

Serving Up Synonyms

Replace each underlined word with a brighter word choice. Write your word on the line.

Match Me Up

Circle the two words in each sentence that have like meanings.

Find the Same Word

Match the words on the left with their best word on the right.

Synonym Knowledge Check

This is purpose of this entire section of worksheets. Do you know your stuff?

Find the Synonyms

Read the word at the beginning of each line. Color the boxes of the words that are its equivalent in meaning.