This connotation Match-Up Game can be used over and over in the classroom- especially in centers! The game board gives 15 sentences with blanks.
The pieces are words with similar denotation- but varied connotation.
The answer key is provided not only to make life easier for the teacher, but to allow students to check their own work. Lesson plan is included.
This lesson is great at the beginning of the year (and have students work in groups) and as the year progresses, pull it out and use again (perhaps with groups, or eventually, individually).
It is a great activity for the end of the year, too. You will be impressed how much the students have learned. What took more than 20 minutes at the beginning of the year now takes 10 minutes! Throughout the year, use this as a "filler" or "sponge activity."
Once, my principal unexpectedly visited my classroom while the students were working on one of my other Match-Up products- and he complimented me! I like this activity so much, I made several focusing on lit terms, poetry and more!
Common Core (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.5, L.7.5 , L.8.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.5.c, L.7.5.c, L.8.5.c Distinguish among the connotations (associations) of words with similar denotations (definitions))
There is a practice PowerPoint using the synonyms for "small" included, so your class may get practice before they work on the lesson!
Words used in this Match Up activity are taken directly from the examples listed on the Common Core Standards ELA. L.6.5.c, L.7.5.c, L.8.5.c . If you are buying this for grades 6 or 7, please note that some of the words are from the examples from CCSS 7th and 8th grade- and therefore may be too challenging for your students.