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Spotlight on Vocabulary Level 1 Antonyms
Ages: 6-8   Grades: 1-3

In-depth practice with clear explanations and gradual progression helps students use antonyms and build a rich vocabulary.    


  • Understand and use a variety of antonyms
  • Recognize and use specific strategies to understand and use an increasingly rich vocabulary
  • Expand working vocabulary and curricular vocabulary
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Written in the successful format of the Spotlight series, this book has:

  • clear, concise directions designed for students with limited language proficiency
  • vocabulary taken from graded vocabulary lists familiar to most students
  • a pretest/posttest
  • minimal demands for spelling and writing

The one-page lessons use a variety of learning tasks including: 

  • matching, naming, identifying and choosing antonyms
  • adding "un-" and "-less" to change words into antonyms
  • silly sentences and stories
  • 36 reproducible antonym pictures

You may purchase Spotlight on Vocabulary Level 1 Antonyms individually or as part of the 6-book Spotlight on Vocabulary Level 1 set.  The 6-book set consists of:

Spotlight on Vocabulary Level 1 Antonyms

Spotlight on Vocabulary Level 1 Associations

Spotlight on Vocabulary Level 1 Attributes

Spotlight on Vocabulary Level 1 Categories

Spotlight on Vocabulary Level 1 Concepts

Spotlight on Vocabulary Level 1 Synonyms


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40 pages, pretest/posttest, answer key
  • Effective vocabulary instruction strategies actively engage the student and require higher-level cognitive processing.  These strategies include using new words in novel sentences based on connections to prior knowledge, identifying synonyms and antonyms, analyzing word features, and using visual aids (Kester-Phillips, Foote, & Harper, 2008).
  • Children require strategic instruction to access the curriculum to the best of their abilities.  Instruction in key language areas helps children become effective students (Taylor-Goh, 2005).
  • Vocabulary skills correlate with academic success and literacy attainment (NICHD, 2000).
  • A systematic approach to teaching vocabulary, including direct and indirect instruction, teaches students that vocabulary is important for learning language and for reading (Beck, McKeown, & Kucan, 2002).

Spotlight on Vocabulary Level 1 Antonyms incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.


Beck, I.L., McKeown, M.G., & Kucan, L. (2002). Bringing words to life: Robust vocabulary instruction. New York: Guilford Press.

Kester-Phillips, D.C., Foote, C.J., & Harper, L.J. (2008). Strategies for effective vocabulary instruction. Reading Improvement, 45, 62-68.

National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD). (2000). Report of the National Reading Panel. Teaching children to read: An evidence-based assessment of the scientific research literature and its implications for reading instruction (NIH Publication No. 00-4754). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Taylor-Goh, S. (2005). Royal college of speech & language therapists: Clinical guidelines. United Kingdom: Speechmark.


Kate LaQuay, Carolyn LoGiudice


Kate LaQuay, J.D., became part of LinguiSystems' extended family
more than 20 years ago when her mother, Carolyn LoGiudice, joined
the company.  Now a mother herself, Kate has co-authored several LinguiSystems products, including U.S. History A Reading Comprehension Book, U.S. Government A Reading Comprehension Game, and Spotlight on Vocabulary Levels 1 and 2.  Previously, she practiced law for six years in Los Angeles.

Carolyn LoGiudice, M.S., CCC-SLP, was a speech-language clinician in school, clinic, and private settings before joining LinguiSystems in 1984.  She has co-authored many materials with LinguiSystems, including The WORD Test, No-Glamour Vocabulary Cards, The Test of Semantic Skills (TOSS-P and TOSS-I), and the All-Star Vocabulary game.


All students need to expand their working vocabularies.  Some students have a natural facility for language and semantic relationships, enabling them to enlarge their vocabulary almost effortlessly.  Simply reading, listening, and talking seem to boost these students' vocabulary skills.

Many other students need to exert conscious energy to understand and recall an increasingly diverse vocabulary.  Some of them are poor or reluctant readers.  Other students have limited exposure to a rich variety of spoken English.  Still others have language-learning disabilities, attention disorders or ineffective systems for storing and retrieving vocabulary.  All of these students can benefit from specific vocabulary exposure and instruction.  They can improve their vocabulary skills through conscious attention and guided learning.

The main goal of Spotlight on Vocabulary  books is to help students recognize and use specific strategies to enrich their skills for understanding and using an increasingly rich vocabulary.  Antonyms, Level 1 teaches students the meaning of antonym and the relationship of words that have opposite meanings.  These are the student objectives of this book:

  • to understand that an antonym is one word that means the opposite of another word
  • to match pictures and words that have opposite meanings
  • to identify antonyms in a multiple-choice format
  • to name antonyms for a variety of words

The vocabulary in Antonyms, Level 1 is taken from curricular vocabulary lists for grades one through three.  The activities progress in difficulty throughout the book.  Pictures are used at first to help students master the concept of using words to express opposite meanings.  Next students provide oral answers only.  Then tasks require checking or underlining responses to avoid any need to write or spell words.  Later activities require choosing and copying correct antonyms from lists of possible answers.  Only three of the final activities require writing antonyms without any prompts.

The following guidelines will help you present the activities in this book to your students.

  • Have your students take the Pretest/Posttest before they begin doing the activities in this book.  When they have completed the book, have them retake the test and compare the results to their original scores.
  • Use the included pictures for a variety of activities.  For example, give each student one picture and have your students pair up with someone who holds an opposite picture.  You can also copy/print and laminate these pages, then cut the pictures apart for card games such as Go Fish or Memory.  Another activity is to help your students list several synonyms for a picture and then several antonyms.
  • The answers in the Answer Key are provided as a reference.  Accept other appropriate answers as correct.
  • The aim of these activities is to enrich students' vocabulary banks, not to test students.  Make sure your students have ready access to a student-friendly dictionary and thesaurus.  Encourage your students to consult these references at any time when they're doing the activities.  Encourage nonfluent readers to work in pairs and to consult each other and other students as they complete the activities.
  • Before presenting a worksheet, preteach any vocabulary words you think will be new to your students.  Then present the worksheet.
  • For many words used in these exercises, there are other antonyms that aren't included among the answer choices.  Encourage small groups of students or individuals to locate additional antonyms and share them with the class for extra enrichment.
  • Make a set of flash cards for antonyms.  List a word on one side and one or more antonyms on the other side.  Have a small group of students take turns looking at a card and guessing the information on the back of a card.

We hope Spotlight on Vocabulary Level 1 Antonyms is a big hit with you and your students!

Kate and Carolyn