The English language is complex but magical. There are a hundred different ways to say the same thing. Can any other language offer that?
There are words that have similar meanings and can substitute one another. They are called synonyms. And then there are words which are the exact opposite of each other and are called antonyms.
I have discussed synonyms and antonyms in detail along with their anchor chart.
Click on the above image and it will take you to the post where you can download the anchor charts.
In this post, I will be sharing a very interesting game that will help children understand the difference between synonyms and antonyms and also expand their vocabulary.
In the above printable you can see two shoe racks. One is for synonyms and the other is for opposites.
There are 12 pairs of slippers on each of the 6 A4 sheets. That makes it 72 pairs and 144 words! The above sheet has 12 opposite pairs.
3 sheets have synonyms pairs and 3 have opposites pairs. You will need to print these sheets and cut them into cards. Print these pair cards on card stock and laminate them for durability.
Cut out the pairs of slippers and place the synonym pairs under the synonyms rack and the antonym pairs under the antonyms rack.
There are 3 sheets(36pairs) each for synonyms and antonyms. Since there are so many pairs, you can use one sheet each for synonyms and antonyms at a time.
The above worksheet has opposites pairs. I have tried this game in my class and children jump off their seats when they know we are playing the slippers game. I make sure to discuss the words by using them in sentences.
This game can be played with as many or as few children as possible. I usually lay the racks on the floor or a long table and give a pair of slippers to each kid and they can place it under the correct rack.
After sorting the synonyms and antonyms, write them in the sheet provided.
This pack is a subscriber freebie.