Synonym Dominoes

Sahyra Lujan

Grade: 3rd

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Standard and Objective

Standard: L.3.5.c- Distinguish shades of meaning among related words that describe states of mind or degrees of certainty (e.g knew, believed, suspected, heard, wondered).

Objective: Students will be able to correspond each word with its synonym


1.) Scatter the synonym card dominoes up in a flat surfave.

2.) First player will place the START domino on the table.

3.) Read the word that is on the other end of the domino. ( i.e small)

4.) Look for another domino with a synonym ( i.e. little). Then connect it with your first domino.

5.) Continue until all the dominoes are connected.


1.) Printed synonym dominoes

2) Colored construction paper to glue synonym dominoes on, gives it an extra pop of color


Creating the Game

This game can be created by going to and downloading the synonym dominoe template. You can print both the directions and cards. You can laminate these cards and directions so that you can use more than one time.


This game is intended to help students understand the concept of synonyms. This activity helps build vocabulary. Synonyms are necessary to keep us from getting bored. By knowing different words that have the same meaning, students can have better reading comprehension as well.

Game Variations

1) You can also use this activities to learn about antonyms. Just print out antonym dominoe cards.

2) After doing this activiity, I would print out harder synonyms so that the activity can become more challenging and the students can have a bigger vocabulary.


Palumbo, A., Kramer-Vida, L., & Hunt, C. (2015). Teaching Vocabulary and Morphology in Intermediate Grades. 109-115.