This game is aligned to the Common Core Standards! It targets understanding of synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, and homophones, and can be used for articulation carryover. Words used in this activity were carefully chosen using the most frequently occurring Tier 2 vocabulary words. This activity includes a monitoring form to assess student’s current levels of performance and to monitor their progress with targeted vocabulary skills. This game can be used for small group instruction, literacy centers, and speech therapy.
Directions: Choose one of the four included mustache sheets. In this example, we will use synonyms. The object of the game is to enclose as many words as possible by drawing a box around each word one horizontal or vertical line at a time. Each student may draw one line per turn. In order to draw a line, the student must give a synonym for the word they have chosen to try and enclose. For example, if the student gives a synonym for smart, they may draw a line above, below, or on either side of the that word connecting two mustaches. The next student can choose to give another synonym for smart and place another line around it, or they may choose another word. The student who draws the stroke that fully encloses any word puts their initials inside the box below the word. Play continues until all words have been boxed in. The students will then count the number of times their initials appear. The player with the most boxes containing their initials wins!