I love a game that gets the students reading and talking. As they select a card, they must decode the words and then decide if they are "alike" or "different". Any reasonable answer is acceptable. For example, dog - cat. How can these two be alike? How are they different? Goes great with the story JUMP INTO JANUARY by Blackstone and Carluccioo.
Use this game during center time or send it home for reading practice. It makes a great replacement for those boring homework worksheets.