Synonym Train is an interactive activity to introduce young children to the idea that more than one word can have the same/similar meanings. This has been very effective to show children who are rigid in their use and/or definitions of a word that more than one word can mean the same thing. It is also a great way to expand vocabulary.
This activity works well as a small or large group activity.
* 5 Trains engines
* 23 Train cars
Start by introducing the idea that more than one word can mean the same thing. Then, place the train engines out. Next have a child pick out a train car and then you read the word. The child then puts the car with the right engine. At the end as an extension activity, have the children count the number of cars each train has. Afterwards, talk about which trains has more, less or the same number of cars.
Thanks again for viewing this activity! I hope you and your students enjoy playing it as much as my students have. Please feel free to send me any comments or feedback you may have.