- To raise awareness and knowledge of synonyms in an enjoyable way.
This is a nice beginning of session or lesson transition game.
Words Included In This Game:
nice, delightful, look, peer, small, miniscule, sad, disconsolate, mock, ridicule, think, ponder, said, uttered, happy, euphoric, a trip, jaunt, big, colossal, kind, considerate, to leave, abandon, pleased, elated, short, diminutive, forgive, exonerate, good, worthy, kill, eradicate, asked, quizzed, brave, courageous, bad & abysmal.
What You Need:
1 deck of ‘I Have… Who has…?’ Synonym Cards
3 to 5 players
1 Stop Watch (Optional)
- Print, laminate and cut out the cards.
- Create a deck so each player gets the same amount of cards e.g. If there are 5 players create a deck of 30 cards so each player gets 6.
How to Play:
- Select a dealer. This person shuffles the cards well and distributes the cards evenly to all the players.
- Players arrange the cards in front of themselves face up . (I like to have the students arrange the cards in alphabetical order at this point).
- The player to the left of the dealer then chooses one of their cards and reads it aloud to the group.
- The player with a synonym then says, ‘I have …… which is a synonym of …….’
- Both students then turn these cards face down. The student who answered the question then reads one of their remaining cards to the group.
- Play continues in this fashion until one of the players has turned all their cards over. This player is the winner.
- Return to Step 1 J
Before the Game:
- Revise synonyms as, ‘Words which have the same or similar meanings’.
- I point out how ‘similar’ sounds a bit like ‘synonym’ as a memory aid.
- Discuss why we learn about synonyms. NB ‘It is in the test’ is the wrong answer J
- Explore the deck with the students so they can find meanings to unknown words and practise them in context in conversation.
After the Game:
- Discuss the transfer of synonym knowledge into personal writing.
- Use words which create a vivid image in the mind of the reader.
- How exactly did the character move? Explore possible synonyms.
- Rise above the use of mundane words in your writing if the context suits.
- One word can have many synonyms. Find some using on online synonym finder like http://thesaurus.com/
- Try adding a stopwatch to the game to see if the students can beat their best time.
- Adapt the game for paired and whole class play.