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Verb Synonyms KS2 Tarsia Puzzle and Worksheet

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This challenging KS2 grammar game will help get children thinking about making powerful verb choices.

A tarsia is a simple jigsaw puzzle which children solve by matching up sides of triangles so that they correspond with each other, to form one giant equilateral triangle.

In this case, children need to match verb synonyms. An ideal stretch and challenge activity for in the classroom, or for homework.

This resource includes:

  • Verb synonyms tarsia puzzle PDF
  • Blank tarsia template PDF
  • Verb synonym list worksheet
  • Verb synonym list answer sheet
  • Teacher’s notes

What is a synonym?

A synonym is a word or phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word or phrase.

Synonym examples

  • Nice and kind
  • Big and large
  • Tiny and minute
  • Quick and fast
  • Smelly and stinky
  • Thrilling and exciting

National Curriculum English programme of study links

Students will learn how words are related by meaning as synonyms and antonyms [for example, big, large, little].

  • Teacher notes
  • Two sheets of tarsia pieces
  • Verb list worksheet so children can anticipate possible synonyms
  • Teacher's answer sheet showing the synonym pairs,Blank tarsia sheets so children can make their own puzzle for classmates to solve
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