I got stuck in a vocabulary rut and created these fun vocabulary trading card templates as a way to mix up my vocabulary instruction! These are so versatile. You can use them time and time again, and you can use them in lots of different, creative ways!
These cards require students to visually represent the word on the front and then record its "stats" on the back: definition, synonyms, antonyms, and connotation. They have to plot the word's connotation on a negative-positive spectrum, so it's a great way to practice connotation! As a fun bonus, they even get to "rate" the word out of 5 stars. (This gives them a nice outlet to "complain" about certain words...ha!)
I like to assign each kid a vocabulary word. After the kids create their trading cards, they have to "duel" other students and decide which word is "better" by discussing the word's stats and usage. You can make different standards for what "wins," or just let them argue it out. :) Oftentimes, the positive words will trump the negative ones, or vice versa. I'll even hear the kids converse about which words are more versatile, or they'll make cross-curricular connections. The "dueling," challenging, playing, or whatever you want to call it, is the most fun part of this. My students seriously act like kids playing Pokemon in the early 2000s (and they're in high school). Hopefully your kiddos enjoy it as much as mine do!