Ms. Grigg used Word Dice Antonyms and Synonyms as a review, vocabulary and practice activity with the Al Madina School of Richmond Title I seventh and eighth graders.


How to Play Word Dice Antonyms and Synonyms 


To begin, the teacher gives each student 5 -10 blank cards. On each card, students write an adjective or noun for which they know both a word that means the opposite (an antonym) and a word with the same meaning (a synonym.) Students can consult a thesaurus for help.

For example the student would write the word “irate” on the card. “Irate” has an antonym “calm”…

IRATE and the antonym CALM

as well as a synonym “angry”.

IRATE and a synonym ANGRY

Once the students have created their word cards, combine the cards into one pile in the middle of the table.

Next, create a white board die. It has two “Ss” two “A’s” a Skip face and a “Put card back in pile” face. An “S” stand for synonym, and an “A” stands for antonym.

S for Synonym and A for Antonym

One player at a time takes turns rolling the die. If a player gets an “S” or “A,” they draw a card. If they rolled an “S” and the card says “irate,” they are to respond with a synonym for “irate” such as “angry.” When an “A” is rolled, an antonym for the word on the card is required.

Players who give a correct answer get to keep the card. But if you get the answer wrong, you put the card back into the pile.

The object of the game is to get the most cards.  You can set a time limit for play or let the game play out. Either way the person with the most cards wins.

Ms. Grigg usually sets a 10-minute limit and lets the students play a little each day of the week, writing down the daily scores. At the end of the week, you have a big winner and keep the excitement going.

Students could use assigned vocabulary words or they can find their own. Ms. Grigg likes to let the students explore a thesaurus and find their own group of words on which to be an expert.



Ms. Grigg uses this activity for antonyms and synonyms. In addition, the game can be modified for homonyms, for common and proper nouns, and for many other things. The beauty of this game is it also has a hidden vocabulary lesson in it as well. Furthermore, teachers and parents can use words from a trade book, word sort or just general words. Finally, the best part is the students absolutely LOVE it.