Say aloud several pairs of words that have opposite meanings: day/night, soft/hard, light/dark, can/cannot. Tell children that these words are opposites. Ask if anyone knows what opposites are. (Two things or people as different as can be.)

Have each child work with a partner to think of the opposite of five of the six Basic Words. Tell children they will not be working with the word it. Partners should arrive at the following pairs: in/out, him/her, big/little, sit/stand, did/did not.

Then have the partners work with the word it. Have one child think of a sentence, such as The apple is red. The partner should think of another sentence beginning with it and referring to the subject of the first sentence: It looks good to eat.

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