It’s Opposite Day!

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Hi Everyone,

Today is Opposite Day – when we practice opposites of words or antonyms. By using antonyms we broaden our vocabulary.

Antonyms and their opposite, synonyms, can be found in a dictionary and in a thesaurus.  Check out dictionary.com and thesaurus.com which will help you find word meanings and antonyms and synonyms. Certain words use prefixes to form the antonym. The prefixes are un- , in- , and non-. Some examples are able and unable ; selfish and unselfish ; decent and indecent ; human and inhuman ; essential and nonessential ; sense and nonsense.

So, we used this Antonym Pairs list of words and played a matching game and then a game of bingo. Here is an alphabetical list of some common antonyms (opposites), just click here

Continuing on with our conversation and use of opposites we looked at the words compassion and generosity, which are the major themes of today’s video, The Other Pair. As you watch this video look for opposites in the characters and the story and also where are the acts of compassion and generosity. 

After watching, we talked about the actions of each of the boys and their feelings and emotions. We talked about opposites and similarities in the film. We discussed the messages of the film and how we might have reacted in the same situation. Thanks everybody for contributing your feelings and thoughts!

This film is based on an event in Gandhi’s life here is the quote :

“As Gandhi was stepping aboard a train one day, one of his shoes slipped off and landed on the track. He was unable to retrieve it as the train started moving. To the amazement of the other passengers, Gandhi took off his other shoe and threw it back along the track to land close to the first shoe. Later a fellow passenger asked him, “Why did you do that?” Gandhi replied, “The poor man who finds the shoe lying on the track will now have a pair he can use.” 

Words of the day

barefoot (adverb / adjective) : without shoes : with bare feet                                          I like to walk on the beach barefoot, especially on a nice, warm summer day.

leaf through (phrasal verb) : to turn the pages of a book, a magazine, etc.                 Anna was leafing through the magazine, looking at the pictures.    

gunk (noun) : {informal} material that is dirty, sticky, messy or greasy                              Wipe that gunk off your hands before you eat dinner!

Have a great weekend!

Remember to relax and practice!

So, have a terrible weekend!

Remember to worry and ignore!

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