How to play dominoes: Copy enough sets so that you have a set for each pair of students. You can copy them on card stock and the tiles will last for several games.
Cut up the tiles or get the students to cut them up. The cut up pairs are placed face down on the playing surface. Each player gets 5 cards that they can see but that cannot be revealed to the other players.
The players determine who will go first. That person chooses one of his/her cards and places it face up in the middle of the playing area. The second player needs to add an opposite to either of the words. If he/she can’t he/she has to choose another card and keeps on choosing until he/she can. It is then the next player’s turn to do the same thing. Play continues until there are no cards left in the pile.
If players get frustrated students can turn over all the cards and look for the opposites.
Leave enough time to be able to go over the all the opposites with the students.
And the winner is: The winner is the first person to play all of his/her cards or the person who learns the most.
Extensions: Students can take turns quizzing each other about opposites. One student says one word of an opposite pair. The other person has to reply with the other word and so on.
Alternate Version: One set of cards can be used as the chain game. Students each receive a card. One person starts by saying the word on his/her card. The other students listen. The student with the opposite word on his/her card says his/her word and then reads the next word of the next pair of opposites. The game finishes when play returns to the first student.
Time the first chain. Students can be challenged to beat their time.