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The apostrophe and synonyms

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ENGLISH HOME LANGUAGE

Grade 4

CHILDREN LIKE ME

Module 16

THE APOSTROPHE

SYNONYMS

Activity 1

To work with the apostrophe [LO 6.2.8]

In the poem JUST ME in Module 12, you will notice that the apostrophe has been used quite often.

It shows the two reasons for using the apostrophe very well:

1. to shorten words 2. to show possession

See if you can use the apostrophe correctly in the exercises below.

  • Put the apostrophe in the correct place.
Table 1
Couldnt Theyll Isnt Shes Youre Couldve
  • Write these words in contracted form
Table 2
  • I am
 
  • Let us
 
  • He is
 
  • We will
 
  • Write these shortened words in full
Table 3
  • What’s
 
  • We’re
 
  • He’ll
 
  • Won’t
 

Now take a careful look at the illustrations and place the apostrophe in the correct place to show WHO owns the goodies.

Figure 1
Figure 1 (graphics1.png)

the girls dogs

Figure 2
Figure 2 (graphics2.png)

the ladies bags

Figure 3
Figure 3 (graphics3.png)

the boys pencils

Figure 4
Figure 4 (graphics4.png)

the mens hats

Activity 2

To learn about synonyms and antonyms [LO 6.2.5]

WOULDN’T IT BE LOVELY IF WE COULD ALLCELEBRATEOUR UNIQUENESS BYCELEBRATING OUR SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES?

  • Find the synonyms to these words in the word spiral on the next page.
Table 4
1. cry  
2. untrue  
3. seldom  
4. honest  
5. copy  
6. angry  
7. mistake  
8. hug  
9. smell  
10. slender  
Figure 5
Figure 5 (graphics5.png)

Find suitable synonyms for each listed word within the word search grid.

Table 5
1. frightened  
2. end  
3. huge  
4. rich  
5. thief  
Table 6
X B D Y V W Y
D C N S W H Z
S R P Z T K Q
B T G L Q J I
S C A R E D H
Y E     N X U
W Y S E O L W
R A L G R U B
F V C D M E F
L Q V X O M L
S B F N U D Z
F I N I S H A

You have discovered things about yourself. You have learnt more about the children in your class. You have had the chance to learn about children from other countries.

Activity 3

To write for imaginative purposes [LO 4.1.1]

Now! Imagine that you could be a child in a country of your choice. What country would you choose and why would you like to be a child of that country? Write about your choice and your reasons.

I WISH I WERE……………………

Assessment

LEARNING OUTCOME 4: WRITINGThe learner is able to write different kinds of factual and imaginative texts for a wide range of purposes.

Assessment Standard

We know this when the learner:

4.1 writes different kinds of texts for different purposes and audience:

4.1.1 writes for personal, exploratory, playful, imaginative and creative purpose (e.g. letters, descriptive paragraphs, limericks).

LEARNING OUTCOME 6: LANGUAGE STRUCTURE AND USEThe learner will know and be able to use the sounds, words and grammar of the language and interpret texts.

Assessment Standard

We know this when the learner:

6.2 works with sentences:

6.2.5 identifies and uses nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions;

6.2.8 uses punctuation correctly (e.g. quotation marks for direct speech, apostrophe for possession).

Memorandum

Activity 1

  • couldn’t
  • they’ll
  • isn’t
  • she’s
  • you’re
  • could’ve
  • I’m
  • Let’s
  • He’s
  • We’ll
  • What is we are
  • He will will not
  • The girl’s dogs
  • The ladies’ bags
  • The boys’ pencils
  • The men’s hats

Activity 2

1. cry - weep

2. untrue - false

3. seldom - rarely

4. honest - frank

5. copy - imitate

6. angry - furious

7. mistake - error

8. hug - embrace

9. smell - odour

10. slender - thin

1. scared

2. finish

3. enormous

4. wealthy

  1. burglar

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