The game Better and Better is a game of forced persuasion. This game will get the kids thinking in other perspectives and challenging their personal opinions in order to come up with legitimate logic reasoning (even if they don't agree with them!)
64 card set plus blank set for student/teacher additions!
How to Play:
* A student will draw a card at random. (this can be done in small groups or as a class whole). Whichever card they draw, they must finish the statement.
* There will be times when the student does not agree with the card (A girl could draw the "Boys are better than girl because..." card. She would still have to complete the statement and the class can have a good laugh, as she is a good sport. =))
* At the end of the game, have a discussion about what skills or thought processes the students had to utilize in order to play this game (especially when they didn't agree with it)
* Have students create new better and betters that they feel would be controversial or fit their classroom community. Print off the blank set provided at the end and have students add them to the cards. Laminate and add to your group set.
* Give the class 2 help cards "life lines" if you will. (might come in handy is child has no clue what an IPod (like that would happen? Lol) Once they are used... they are gone.
* Have all students choose a card randomly and then journal the question. Prompt: Do you agree with this card? Why or why not? How does this card relate to your life? What kind of person would agree with this card? (For example: Football is better than hockey. I do not agree with this card. I think football is a very hard sport to understand. My brother plays hockey and he has made some great friends. A football player or a West Texan might agree with this card.)
*Have small groups of students choose one card at random and try to brainstorm as many reasons that can finish the statement as they can in a set time limit. They will then choose one speaker who will have one minute to tell what they came up with. One point for each statement.
o Good example: Butterflies are better than birds because they are more colorful.
o Bad example: Winter is better than summer because you can play video games. (Video games are not played only in the winter time)
o Have students lay their list on a document camera as they read and students can decide which are good and bad examples.
Keywords: reading, writing, persuasive, card game, cooperation, truthme, point of view
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