written by Michael Dahl
illustrated by Sara Gray
title in the Word
Fun series defines synonyms, then moves on to
show how synonyms "keep sentences exciting
and add variety" and can be different parts of speech
(with examples of noun synonyms, verb synonyms, and adjective
The bright illustrations have a lot of movement and energy, although we wonder if they may be too juvenile for 3rd graders. (What do you think?) The last few pages include directions for a group synonyms game, plus a glossary of synonyms and a list of other resources. Pair with If You Were an Antonym (here).
Interest Level: Grade 1-3
Below are sample pages from inside If You Were a Synonym. As you can see, the synonyms are in capital letters and (sometimes) in different color to help them stand out from the surrounding text.
We were not able to share both pages of this next spread, but for your
reference, the page just before the one at right reads, "If you were a
synonym, you could change
mean the same thing. / The thunder is LOUD, BLASTING, NOISY,
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