The Categories Game is very interactive. I used it during a 7th grade Language Arts administrator observation and it was flawless. The students become engaged, they follow directions, then work in groups and produce their own category charts. This activity can be followed up with group sharing or Ticket Out the Door. The PowerPoint is easily edited to make it your own.
6,7, 8th Grade Common Core Standards:
(ELACC7L5)-students demonstrate an understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances of word meanings
(ELACC7L6)-students acquire and use grade appropriate general academic and domain specific words or phrases important to comprehension and expression
I hope you enjoy this activity as much as I do.