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Your class will watch as one child orbits the sun as Earth, while another orbits as Mars. If the timing is right, they will see the repetitive dance between the two planets and discover how often they are opposite from each other. For high schoolers, follow this activity by having them apply Newton's universal law of gravitation to compute their motions mathematically. 
Students explore and take photographs of opposites. They create a class list of opposites, and discuss how to use a digital camera. In small groups they take pictures of opposites around their school, and create a book of opposites.
Celebrate Opposite Day by using a Visual Thesaurus to match words to their antonyms. They match a list of vocabulary words to their antonym counterparts using the Visual Thesaurus, and then they play Antonym Bingo with the words from their vocabulary list. The chart is included here. 
Students experience opposite day in fill-form. In this vocabulary lesson plan, students celebrate "opposite day" by using the VT to match a list of vocabulary words to their antonym counterparts. Then, students can use their knowledge of these antonym pairs in a game of "antonyms bingo."
Students can discover how opposites attract using magnet lesson plans that will engage the curious and active learner.
There are really only four basic moves in this line dance. Those dance moves are: grapevine, slide, marching, and then dipping and clapping. Each 8-count is repeated twice, for a total of a 64-count dance. The unique addition to this dance is that alternating rows begin the dance in opposite directions. Odd rows start to the right, even rows start to the left. Watch the video and see how this looks.
The focus here is on developing an understanding of the additive inverse. The lesson starts with learners thinking about opposites in a non-mathematical sense, then engaging in an activity which starts them thinking about how this applies to numbers and the number line, and finally solidifying their knowledge with a skill practice worksheet. 
Students discover new art techniques by examining the work of Paul Gauguin and his use of opposite colors.  In this art analysis lesson, students investigate the different perspectives and colors used in classic post impressionist paintings.  Students create and share their own landscape paintings using Gauguin's opposite color techniques.
Students create movements that illustrate opposites.  In this opposites lesson, students discuss what opposites do for writing and relate to dance.  Students make movements based on their opposites.
In this Opposite Day worksheet, students complete activities such as reading a passage, matching phrases, fill in the blanks, choose the correct word, multiple choice, unscramble the words, sequencing, unscramble the sentences, write questions, take a survey, and writing. Students complete 12 activities for Opposite Day.
Students investigate things that are opposites. In this opposites lesson, students listen to books about the meaning of opposites. They make a list of things of opposites before using digital cameras take pictures of items that are opposites. They publish a book using their pictures.
Students perform Sing a Song of Opposites to explore antonyms.  In this opposites lesson, students create lists in groups and share their opposites.  Students record their opposites on the board.
Help learners understand opposite numbers using a horizontal or vertical number line. The video relates time as five years ago or five years in the future. It relates temperature as an increase of eight degrees or a decrease of eight degrees. Both are the same distance away from zero and therefore, opposite numbers. 
This first video in a seven-part series introduces opposites with a number line and shows the relationship to zero. It uses vertical and horizontal number line to show opposites. It quickly references that -(-24) means the "opposite of negative 24" and how it becomes positive. 
Continue with opposite numbers as you introduce fractions to your learners. The presentation shows that fractions have opposites like regular numbers, and plots them on horizontal and vertical number lines. Use estimation to plot different fractions and mixed numbers on a number line. Video does not do step-by-step instruction for all problems, some additional teacher instruction may be needed. (Second video in a series of seven)
Opposites are the focus of this language arts lesson. The teacher gives examples of opposites and learners use word cards and sing  chants with movements to demonstrate understanding. They also demonstrate opposite actions and identify high and low sounds of music.
Students examine and discuss various pairs of opposites, repeating the words in Spanish. They draw a picture to illustrate each opposite and write sentences containing the Spanish opposites.
The teacher explains the many steps in simplifying a rational expression using opposite binomial factors. At first it seems complicated but if you follow along and watch out for your negative numbers you can learn how to simplify this polynomial divided by a polynomial.
In this opposite adjectives worksheet, students match the pictures, complete a crossword, and choose opposite adjectives. Students complete 3 activities.
Second graders generate a list of opposites found in the book, "Kaleidoscope of Kids". They use newspaper and magazine pictures to find opposites.

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