Match sets of antonyms and build vocabulary with an antonym matching game.
Match Opposite Words with a Memory Game
Students will take turns flipping over two-coloured cards to try to find pairs of antonyms that match.
For example, if a player were to flip over the “hot” antonym card from one deck, he or she would need to read it aloud, then flip a card from the other deck to try to find its match. Gameplay continues in this manner until all of the cards are gone.
Scaffold + Extend Your Antonym Games
Support students who need help understanding the concepts by providing visuals like an antonym anchor chart or an antonyms poster. Students can also practise using their dictionary skills by looking up words they do not know.
Challenge fast finishers who understand the concepts to use each set of antonyms in a sentence.
More Ways to Find Sets of Antonyms
We created this resource for your reading centre as an independent practice activity. We also suggest using it to reinforce your small group and full-class lessons in the following ways:
🧠 Antonyms Brain Buster
As a small group or whole class, say each word aloud, one at a time, and discuss the definition. Then, give the students 30 seconds (you keep time) to think of as many antonyms for that word as they can. When the time is up, you can call on students to give you some examples of their words or compare their answers with a peer to see if there are any matching words among classmates.
🃏 Upcycle Into Other Games
When students no longer want to play this game, turn this game into another by simply changing the rules. Students can play games like War, Go Fish, or Snap, to name a few.
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