A great way to illustrate opposites, each page presents a different antonym. There are two sentences on each page and then space for the pictures to be attached. For example, 'The man is old. The boy is young.' The other opposites depicted are boy/girl, dirty/clean, open/closed, day/night, full/empty, fast/slow, big/little, hot/cold, on/off, up/down and hard/soft.
In the Ups and Downs of Opposites, two sentences on each page give examples of pairs of opposites. (ex: The dishes are dirty. The clothes are clean.) Students match the pictures, identify, and label them. They then put the appropriate pictures and words together. (ex: Dishes with dirty, clothes with clean, etc). Students read the sentences with the pictures, then without the pictures, and finally with all the sentences mixed up to make sure students are truely reading. Another fun activity is to take one picture of each set, (ex. keep the "clean" card and put the "dirty" card away) then put the cards face down. Have the child randomly pick up a card, label it and then tell you the opposite. The pictures represent examples of opposites. You can also ask the students to give you other examples of the same concept.(ex. The nut is hard. The feather is soft. Can you tell me something else that is hard? Soft?)
Metal Ring, by Joan Green, Illustrated by Linda Comerford