Thursday, October 27, 2011

Synonym Pairs

Synonym Pairs.
This takes a little time to set up but lasts for a long time - especially if you can laminate the work.
Based on the card game pairs, write a selection of synonyms on separate pieces of card, e.g. big, large; happy, jolly etc.
In pairs or small groups the children place all the cards face down on the table. The first player picks a card and reads it, he or she then picks a second card. If it is the correct synonym the child keeps both cards and has another go. If the word is not a synonym they put both cards back on the table face down and the next child has a go. The child with the most cards at the end wins.
This encourages the child to think about words and use a dictionary to look up the ones he or she doesn't know. Obviously the more able the child the more difficult the words such as catching and contagious, unhappy and melancholy...

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