Vocabulary Game

This is from my TES post on the same theme. ——————————————————————————————-

An idea popped into my head and I would appreciate suggestions as to how I might improve it.

I thought about calling it “Top that” or something similar. The idea would be to teach children both synonyms and degrees/shades of meaning.

  • Children would collect synonyms from each other and thesauri to be collated on the IWB or whiteboard.
  • Someone would start off with what they believed to be the weakest word within the “family” – e.g. good.
  • The winning team would be able to suggest the largest number of more ambitious synonyms, so long as they can use them in a sentence, e.g. I had a good breakfast.
  • The game would end when either all synonyms were exhausted or someone reached the top of the scale, e.g. I had a perfect breakfast.
  • The game could be extended to include negatives / antonyms.
  • KS2 children could use simple sentences such as I had a marvellous breakfast as a stimulus for writing – why was it perfect? / describe it…
  • Another idea would be to use the game to focus on punctuation or grammar – creating complex sentences or adding higher-level punctuation.

Let me know what you think…

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