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Make Your Own Opposite Book

written by: Melissa Elizondo • edited by: Elizabeth Wistrom • updated: 1/17/2012

Learning the concept of opposites can be difficult for some preschoolers. This lesson introduces opposites in a fun, active way. Students become an illustrator and make their own opposite books.

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    This preschool lesson plan on opposites a great way to introduce the concept to your preschool class. They will enjoy making their own opposite books.

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    Materials

    Black? White! Day? Night! –A Book of Opposites by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

    • Construction paper or manila paper (9 x 12)
    • Hole punch
    • Yarn or ribbon
    • Pencils
    • Crayons/markers
    • Stapler (optional)

    Before this preschool lesson plan on opposites, make a book for each child using the construction paper, yarn or ribbon, and hole punch. Fold the construction paper in half and punch three holes on the side. Then, use the yarn or ribbon to bind the book by running a piece of the yarn or ribbon through each hole and tying it. You can also staple the pages together instead of using the hole punch, yarn, or ribbon.

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    Prior Knowledge

    Start by having students stand up and then have them sit down. Turn the light off and then turn it on. Explain to students that today you are going to learn about opposites, and sit and stand and on and off are opposites.

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    Teach

    Show students the cover of Black? White! Day? Night! and tell your students that black and white and day and night are opposites.

    Read the book to your students stopping every few pages to discuss the illustrations.

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    Procedure

    When you are done reading the book, pass out the construction paper books and pencils to your students. Students are going to make their own opposite books. You will do the first few together. Start with fast and slow and have students draw a picture of something fast, like a rabbit and something slow, like a turtle. Then, pick two more opposite pairs to put in the book. Some common opposite pairs are black and white, fast and slow, and tall and short.

    After that, allow students to put in their own opposite pairs. They can use pairs from the book, or ones that they think up on their own. Circulate around the room and help as needed. Some students will need help coming up with more opposite pairs. When they are finished drawing the pictures, let your students color them.

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    Assess

    Assess this preschool lesson plan on opposites by circulating around the room and asking each student to give you an opposite pair.

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    Extend

    Keep the books in easy reach. As you come across more opposite pairs, have students add them to their opposite books.

    Make an opposite bulletin board. Assign each student an opposite pair and have them draw a picture of them to place on the bulletin board.

    Go out to the playground and play an opposite game. Call out different opposites for your students to act out, like fast and slow, hot and cold, even dog and cat. Take turns letting other students be the "caller."

    Have fun with this preschool lesson plan on opposites, and your students will master the concept in no time!

All About Opposites for Your Preschool Classroom

Use these articles to teach your preschool class about opposites. This series includes a lesson plan and fun opposite activities to deepen your students' understanding of the concept.
  1. Make Your Own Opposite Book
  2. Fun and Easy Opposite Activities