This is a fast-paced and exciting game that practices matching antonyms (or opposites). This game is perfect for a guided reading lesson or to put in a literacy station or center. Also included is a recording sheet for listing antonym pairs before or after play. (CCSS alignment- L.K.5b)
Directions: Divide the cards into two stacks (one stack for the male pilgrim and one stack for the female pilgrim). Distribute one set of cards evenly to players. Players should leave their cards face up in front of them. The other stack of cards should be placed in a pile face down in front of the teacher or "caller." The teacher flips over a card, one at a time, and calls out the word on the card. Players look at their cards for the antonym, or opposite, of the word called. If the player has the antonym, he/she should slap the card and say "poof!" If correct, the cards are matched and set aside. The first player to "poof" all of his/her cards is the winner.