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Thesaurus Activity | Synonym and Antonym Center Game

Shelly Rees
Grade Levels
3rd - 5th
Formats Included
  • PDF
15 pages
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Shelly Rees


It is super easy to create this fun file-folder game for your students to practice using a thesaurus to find synonyms and antonyms! This printable resource includes everything you need to create a center activity for word choice without taking a ton of time. Your students will LOVE this game and will ask for more!

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This easy-to-create Thesaurus Find-It Game includes:

  • Directions for the Teacher
  • Game Play Directions
  • File Folder Cover
  • Spinner
  • 4 Game Tokens
  • Game Board (choose from larger, 2-page board or smaller, 1-page board)
  • Student Answer Recording Sheet
  • 24 Find-It Game Cards

The game requires students to use a thesaurus to list 2 antonyms and 2 synonyms for each game card word on their provided answer recording sheet.

This game provides excellent practice for:

  • Thesaurus Use
  • Alphabetical Order (in the thesaurus)
  • Word Choice
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Following Directions
  • Vocabulary Development

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Shelly Rees

Total Pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., synonyms, antonyms, homographs) to better understand each of the words.
Consult reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation and determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 5 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
Demonstrate understanding of words by relating them to their opposites (antonyms) and to words with similar but not identical meanings (synonyms).


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