Building up vocabulary skills with our students is so important.  It’s always more fun when we can play a game while working on these skills.  I created 2 different “I have…Who has? Synonyms” games and 2 different “I have… Who has? Antonyms” games.  Each game set has 28 cards so my students get lots of practices with synonyms and antonyms! 

This is a perfect reinforcement game after your students have learned about and understand the concept of synonyms and antonyms.  To play the game divide up one set of game cards among all the student in the group.  If you have 4 students in the group each student gets 7 cards.  However, it doesn’t matter if your students start with a different number of cards depending on the group size.  I have the students place all their cards face-up in front of them so they are easy to see.  Before we start the game I have my students look at what is on their cards that way they know what the targeted vocabulary terms they have are.

The player with the “I have the first card” goes first.  For one of the synonym games it is “I have the first card.  Who has a synonym for giggle?”  The students look at their cards and the student who has the picture of the person laughing says “I have laugh.  Who has a synonym for tiny?”

Another student would say “I have small.  Who has a synonym for cash?  After the student reads his/her card I usually have the student turn the card over so we know the card was already used.

The final card in the game would be “I have neat.  Let’s Play Again!” 

I play the antonyms games the same way.  I review that for antonyms we are looking for opposites.  To start one of the antonyms games my student said “I have the first card.  Who has an antonym for hot?  When my students played this game set, I provided choices to help them determine the opposite of hot.  “Is the opposite of hot sour or cold?”  After my student said “cold” I had all the students look on their cards for something that was cold.  The student with the igloo said “I have cold.  Who has an antonym for big?”

The game continued this way.  Again, I had my students turn over the cards as they used them.  I provided choices if my students needed help thinking of the opposite of the given vocabulary term.    

I had one of my students who uses an AAC device play this game.  For her I read the cards she had to the peers in the group.  Then if she had the item she held up her card.  Afterwards, I had her find the item on her device.  For example, my student said “who has the synonym for stove?”  My student held up her card with the oven on it.  She then found “oven” on her device.  You could also have your students work on expanding their utterances and say “I have oven” on their device.    

You can play these games with a different number of students in each group.  Again, it doesn’t matter if the students don’t start with the same number of cards.  The other good thing is you can play each game set multiple times because the students will get different cards each time.  Games are also great for working on turn taking and social interaction skills with peers.  It seems to be more motivating for my students to do something when I tell them it’s a game! 

If you are interested in these games you can find them on TPT with the link:  I have, Who has Synonym and Antonyms Cards

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