We have designed these antonym vocabulary activities to help build vocabulary for all of our students, but especially for our ESL learners. The state of Indiana requires third grade students to pass a standardized test called IREAD-3. Although most of our students might know what an antonym IS, that doesn’t mean that they have all the vocabulary available to them to find words with an opposite meaning. These activities are meant to be used with guided instruction so the meanings of these words can be discussed. We only have the first few activities posted here, but will get them finished soon. We would love to add even more resources, so give us your ideas and we’ll create them for you!
*The following matching activity has been divided into three sets of 15. All have the same border, but each has a different color font. Use one set for a smaller group or mix two or all of them for a larger group activity. (Font colors will help you to sort afterwards and also give your students a clue as they attempt to make matches.)
Free Association Word Game
Use any of our cards from the antonym matching games above to play a free association word game with your students. You read the word on the card aloud and they have to think of an antonym to go with that word. This can also be played as a relay as students play on teams and compete against each other.
Find Your Partner!
Another way to use the cards from the antonym matching games is to pass them out to your class and have students walk around to find their antonym match. Have them stand with partners once they find each other until everyone is finished, then have them read their words aloud to have the class check for the correct matches.
I Have…, Who Has…
I Have, Who Has Game 1 (Red)
I Have, Who Has Game 2 (Orange)
Domino Match Game
Printable Practice Pages
Practice Page 1
Practice Page 2