HOW ARE THE SYNONYM CARD SETS STEP-BY-STEP?
Set 1- Simple: These synonym pairs are set up with simple synonyms. (small-tiny)
Set 2- Descriptive: These synonym pairs have a simple word matched with a more descriptive synonym. (afraid-petrified) This set is perfect to use for a word choice writing lesson too! Change the simple word to a more exciting, descriptive one!
Set 3- Challenging: These are synonym pairs where both words are more challenging. (jealous-envious)
HOW CAN THE STEPS BE USED?
The card sets can be used with all students doing step-by-step games or they can be used for differentiation (see below). They can be used in a center or independent work.
HOW CAN THE SYNONYM CARDS BE USED IN CENTERS?
They can be placed in a center for individual students or for a small group of students. When playing in partners or small group, students play the game concentration by turning over the cards to see if they have a match. There are student directions for both to put in the center.
HOW CAN THE CARDS BE USED FOR DIFFERENTIATION?
- STUDENT LEVELS: Use the 3 steps for different levels of students in your classroom.
- DIVIDE UP EACH SET: Use with the whole group, but divide up each set. For example, there are 25 matches per set. Some students might need only 10 matches to be successful, where others may need 15, 20 or 25 matches.
- TEMPLATES: The templates have blank lines for synonym matches for all the variations above or there is an option with the first word given.
CAN I CHANGE WORDS OR ADD MY OWN?
YES! The words are editable. You can change the words or create another set of synonyms or vocabulary words. I included blank cards for all three colors. Simply click inside the white boxes and change or type in the word.
WHAT ARE THE TEMPLATES?
These are used to write the synonym matches for easy grading.
- There are ones for 10, 15, 20, or 25 matches.
- There are also templates with the first word in the pair written out if needed.
- Extra challenge: Templates for an extra challenge are also included. After students find the matches, they look up other words that are synonyms for the matches.
NOTE: Set 1 and 2 have the same first word in the match. They can still be used with the same group of students because they have different matches. It was created this way to show students the difference in another simple word to a descriptive word for word choice.
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