Apples to Apples Science Inquiry Game | Middle School Science Games

Apples to Apples Science Inquiry Game | Middle School Science Games
Apples to Apples Science Inquiry Game | Middle School Science Games
Apples to Apples Science Inquiry Game | Middle School Science Games
Apples to Apples Science Inquiry Game | Middle School Science Games
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Similar to the very popular game, Apples to Apples, this is a science version I created with a focus on basics of inquiry and well-known scientists. Each card has a term in large bold letters and then a basic description of that term. You can preview the first two pages of cards to see! This game is perfect for small groups of 3 or 4 and is great for students in 5th to 8th grade! The goal of the game is for students to find connections between at least two cards and justify the connection. This game comes with 60 cards (meaning 60 terms) and one sheet of student friendly instructions (see below). I have used this game with my 7th graders and they absolutely LOVE it! They remember and understand concepts, vocabulary, and the work of scientists like never before and they are able to make broad connections that spiral into more specific and specialized understandings in which they can connect a variety of areas of science. All of this while having fun and discussing ideas with their peers! It is amazing to see how even my students who tend to avoid academic conversations or don't always enjoy school somehow really fall in love with this game and get into it... they become more confident in how they speak using science vocabulary and it doesn't even feel like work because it is just SO MUCH FUN!

There are 11 pages in this document. The first 10 pages have 6 cards on each page and then last page has the student friendly instructions. Print onto cardstock and after you cut out the cards, I highly recommend laminating them as you may find your students playing this game often and the wear and tear will eventually occur.

I often use this game as an enrichment for students who finish a task early, as a treat for good behavior, as a warm-up activity, or on a game day.


Description: Apples to Apples Science Game is a game of comparing different scientists, terms, and concepts with the goal of making a connection between two during each round. For example, you might connect DISCOVERY to SCIENTIFIC MILESTONES because some DISCOVERIES can develop into SCIENTIFIC MILESTONES. Another example would be if you connected LAW to ISAAC NEWTON because he is known in the scientific community for creating NEWTON’s three LAWS. There are brief descriptions on each card so if you find yourself unfamiliar with a scientist, term, or concept, you won’t get stuck!

How to Play: Each player must always have four cards (draw a new one as you put one down). The rest of the cards are in a pile face down. Each round, one player takes turns being the judge. The judge takes one card from the pile and turns it face up in the center of the players. The players each look at their cards and find the one that most closely connects to the card the judge put in the center of the players. Once each player finds the card that connects the best, that card goes in a separate pile face down. Once all players put their cards into the pile face down, the judge takes the cards and lays them face up, one by one. The judge reads the main word or term on each card and then must decide which one makes the closest connection to the one drawn at the start of the round. Once the judge chooses, he or she must explain why those two connect the best. Whichever player’s card was chosen gets one point. Each player takes a turn being the judge so it’s best to go in a clockwise motion. You may reshuffle the used cards and add them to the pile to be drawn as you run out. The first player to reach 5 points wins the game.

Remember! Use the descriptions to help you win the game!
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