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Using a Thesaurus

Using a Thesaurus: KS2 English Teaching Resource

Year 5/6 English programme of study - Writing - transcription:

Pupils should be taught to:

  • use a thesaurus


Using a Thesaurus is a handy 8 slide PowerPoint presentation focusing on how to use a thesaurus to improve writing skills. It is an ideal teaching aid to use in a lesson covering the years 5 and 6 English curriculum objective listed above.

Using a Thesaurus includes the following tasks and activities:

  • Definition of synonyms
  • Explains how a thesaurus works
  • Using a traditional thesaurus
  • Using a digital or online thesaurus such as the Microsoft thesaurus in Word, PowerPoint and Publisher
  • Improving language skills task
  • Peer assessment and consolidation of understanding activities


'Using a Thesaurus' is fully editable and can be used as a starter activity, incorporated into another lesson or developed into a language study unit.

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