Opposites can be an overlooked lesson for English as a Second Language. They provide a good way of categorizing certain vocabulary - such as positional directions and descriptive adjectives. Even if a student cannot recall both of the words in an opposite pair, they benefit from the ability to negate the word they can recall and still communicate effectively.
In my class, we use this packet to really take a look at opposites. The provided 4-page worksheet of 96 pairs of opposites are translated into their native language - filling each translation on the line below the word. Then we search for words that are used in more than one English pair of opposites. We look for English synonyms, words that are similar to the native word, and false friends.
At a later class session, we put our opposite memory to the test by playing a friendly round of Opposites Bingo. The game includes a sheet of calling cards. For more consistency in the game, I've scaled it down to the classic 75 Bingo size, using 75 of our opposite pairs arranged into the usual lettered columns. As an example, if I called "B - cold", you'd be looking for the word hot in the B-column.
For the best results, print the Bingo cards on cardstock, laminate them, and use plastic caps or another reusable object to have the students mark their path to a win!
This printable includes:
- A vocabulary worksheet with 96 English opposite pairs
- A sheet of calling cards
- 12 unique Bingo cards - Perfect for small size classes or conversational groups!
If you would like to play Opposites Bingo in your classroom, but have a larger class, head over to my shop for the 24 Card set!