Tip: Word Buddies
How do I do it?
In pairs or in small groups, give students 10-30 word cards or word dominoes. Direct students to make pairs of words that have something in common (e.g. same beginning sound; meaning; prefix; category etc.) When they make a pair, they must explain the connection or answer, "Why are they buddies?"
Variations & Extensions
Students are given categories of commonality ahead of time; students or teachers record what the buddy words have in common on a recording sheet or post-its; teams can race to make the most buddy pairs possible and read their reasoning to the whole class. (Magnetic words also work well with this activity.)
Common Core ELA Language Standard 5
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Common Core ELA Speaking and Listening Standard 1
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
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