Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

*Click to open and customize your own copy of the Antonyms, Synonyms, and Homonyms Lesson Plan

This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Antonyms, Synonyms, and Homonyms, and supports the standard of demonstrating understanding of word relationships. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.


Display the word “Love.” Ask students: 

  • What are some synonyms for the word love? 
  • What are some antonyms?

If needed, support students by providing an example or two of each.  


  • Read aloud the description on the Antonyms, Synonyms, and Homonyms topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Personalities” or “Quirky Stuff.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS 

Students take the Antonyms, Synonyms, and Homonyms Challenge and Quiz, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.


Students express what they learned about antonyms, synonyms, and homonyms while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a commercial for a sneaker that uses synonyms and antonyms to answer this question: Why should someone buy this sneaker over a competitor? 
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying as many synonyms and antonyms of a word as you can. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a sorting game where players determine if a pair of words are antonyms, synonyms, or homonyms.  

More to Explore

Related BrainPOP Topics: Deepen understanding of vocabulary acquisition and use with these topics: Dictionary and Thesaurus and Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes.

Teacher Support Resources:

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments