English Language Arts, Grade 3

A synonym is a word with the same meaning or a very close meaning to an- other word. You can usually substitute one synonym for the other in a sen- tence, and it will mean the same thing. Why learn synonyms? There are three reasons. 1. Synonyms are important when you are writing so that you don’t use the same word over and over. Using different words will make your writing more interesting. Here’s an example: beautiful = lovely Rico looked out the window and saw that it was a sunny, beautiful day. He decided he wouldn’t spend such a lovely day indoors watching TV. 2. Synonyms can also help you to figure out the meaning of an unknown word in context. Tori had never seen Jack act so immature. In fact, he was being so childish that she was tempted to walk away and not admit they were friends. You may not know the word immature, but you can figure it out because the word childish is used as a synonym in the next sentence. 3. Learning synonyms helps you to increase your vocabulary. The more words you know, the faster and easier it will be for you to read and write. quick = rapid If you live where there is a rapid transit system, you should be able to get anywhere in the city quickly. (Quickly is the adverb form of the word quick.) Synonyms Visit for Online Learning Resources. © Copyright NewPath Learning. All Rights Reserved. 92-4024
Read each sentence. On the line, write a synonym for the underlined word. You may know a synonym for the word. If you don’t, then use a thesaurus to find one. 1. Sitting on a branch of the tree was a hideous bird. __________________ 2. It is against the law to mistreat a pet. __________________ 3. Did you know the right answer? __________________ 4. We went on a journey to China. __________________ 5. They had an awful time on their vacation. __________________ 6. David was afraid of the snake. __________________ 7. In the morning, I licked the moisture from the leaves. ________________ 8. Sydney leaped onto the trampoline. __________________ 9. Please give me your honest opinion. __________________ 10. Our table server was cheerful. __________________ SAM Visit for Online Learning Resources. © Copyright NewPath Learning. All Rights Reserved. 92-4024 Synonyms