The task cards can be used for a centers, follow-up or drill and practice after a lesson on synonyms has been taught, remedial activities, pair and share, standards-based remediation, summer school hands on activities, and as individual assessments. They are great for ELL, ESL, and special education students.
Task Cards Set 1. (#1-20) In set 1, there are 20 task cards, 20 questions, and there are three answer sheet formats, one multiple choice and two fill in the blank; with the letter of the correct synonym pairs and the other where the student writes the correct synonym pair which goes with the bold underlined word in the text. Keys to the answer sheets are included.
Task Card Set 2. (# 21-50) In set 2, there are 20 task cards and 10 fiction and nonfiction selections and 20 synonym questions. There is one task card per story and on the following task card, 2 synonym questions relating to the story. The student reads the selection, then must go back into the text to identify clues to determine the meaning of the underlined bold word and match it with a pair of synonyms where both would make sense in the sentence. There are two answer formats for this selection, a fill in the blank (with the synonym pairs) and also a multiple choice format.
Task Card Construction:
Task Cards for synonyms have been constructed for grades K-1,
2-3, 4-5 and 6-7. Check out the preview. If the sample task cards appears too difficult, then drop back a level and preview the next level down in the series. Each level in the series increases in rigor!
Answer Sheets/Editable Assessment: If you have the students practice with the fill in the blank format, then for ease of post-testing, they can be given the multiple choice format editable assessment.
Rationale for Construction: In reviewing a number of the state tests and the skill of synonyms, students are asked to identify synonym in context, use synonyms as context clues, and identify multiple synonyms pairs in state crafted questions. These activities will help students better practice and understand synonyms, use them in a variety of ways, as well as reinforce these similar question styles found on released standardized tests.