I think associations are a great way to expand vocabulary. I also like using associations with my students that are working on formulating longer sentences because they have a construct a sentence to explain how the 2 words go together. Here is a set of detective themed association cards. Detective Frog has lost his magnifying glass and your students have to find it for him! There are 42 different associated pairs (that’s 84 cards total) in 2 different levels.
Level 1 contains 21 different pairs. There is one picture on a frog card and one picture on a magnifying glass card that go together. You can have your student find the magnifying glass that matches each frog and explain how the pair goes together.
There is also a worksheet that you can use when helping your students explain how the level 1 cards go together:
There are also 21 pairs of Level 2 cards. Level 2 cards contain a picture on the detective frog card and a list of 3-5 words on the magnifying glass card. Your students should think of all the words they can that go with the picture on the frog card. If your students don’t think of one of the words on the card, you can give them clues to help them think of the other associated words. You can also give your students the card with the 3-5 words and have them think of an object that could be associated with all the words.
There is also a worksheet that you can use when having your students think of multiple words associated with the same object. You can use objects that are included in this game or have your students draw a picture of a new object in the box provided.
You can download this activity at my teachers pay teachers store here: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Detective-Frog-Association-Cards