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

Specific instruction helps students use synonyms and build a rich vocabulary.  Simple language and one-page lessons work well for children with language-learning disorders.              


  • Give appropriate synonyms for a variety of words
  • Recognize and use specific strategies to understand and use an increasingly rich vocabulary
  • Expand working vocabulary and curricular vocabulary
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Written with the successful formula of the Spotlight series, this book has:

  • clear, concise directions
  • vocabulary taken from graded vocabulary lists familiar to most students
  • a pretest/posttest
  • minimal demands for spelling and writing
  • a variety of learning formats:
    - matching, naming, choosing, and replacing synonyms
    - 36 reproducible synonym pictures
    - color-in reinforcers

Students learn:

  • to understand and use synonyms
  • to match synonyms
  • to replace words with synonyms
  • to give appropriate synonyms for a variety of words

You may purchase Spotlight on Vocabulary Level 1 Synonyms 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 Synonyms 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.  Synonyms, Level 1 teaches students that synonyms are words that mean almost the same thing, yet they can have different shades of meaning.  These are the student objectives of this book:

  • to understand that a synonym is one word that means almost the same thing as another word
  • to match synonyms
  • to replace words with appropriate synonyms
  • to give appropriate synonyms for a variety of words

First teach your students to sort words into broad groups of synonyms that mean about the same thing.  Then teach them to detect the slight differences among those synonyms so they know the best one to use to say what they mean.  For example, the synonyms under, below and beneath all mean something about a downward direction, but you would say the temperature is "below normal," not "under normal" or "beneath normal."

Below are some guidelines for doing the activities in this book with 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.
  • Teach your students to look for synonyms in what they read and what they hear.  Student slang is usually a rich language environment for synonyms they know and use often, such as cool, awesome or sweet.
  • Use each word in a sentence as you present it to your students.  Then ask a student to use it in another sentence.
  • Make sure your students have ready access to a student-friendly dictionary and thesaurus.  Encourage your students to consult these references while they're doing the activities.
  • For many words used in these exercises, there are other synonyms.  Encourage small groups of students or individuals to locate additional synonyms and share them with the class for extra enrichment.
  • Make a set of flash cards for synonyms.  List a word on one side and a few synonyms on the other side.  Have a small group of students take turns looking at either side of a card and guessing the information on the back of the card.
  • Make a list of ten words with several common synonyms for each one.  Write each word and each of its synonyms on separate cards.  Give one card to each student.  Have your students arrange themselves in groups of synonyms.  Then, as a class, list all of the combinations discovered in this activity.
  • Feature a common word for a week.  Put a large sheet of paper on a bulletin board and have your students list as many synonyms as they can for the word.  Begin this activity with a word with many common synonyms, such as great, happy or talk.

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

Kate and Carolyn