One day I looked at my students and saw how bored they were. I had a handful of flashcards, and decided to jazz class up a little. I tossed all the cards up into the air and a new game was born. All of a sudden we had “the best game ever!”
To play Confetti, someone throws the cards in the air. Tell the students they need to get a certain number of cards, depending on how big the class is and how many cards you are using. If I am not sure what number it is exactly, I tell them to get one, then if there are any more cards left, they grab another. We repeat this until all cards are claimed, and then they tell me how many they ended up with so we will know for the next round.
Then I start the timer and the students must find someone who has a matching card. They bring the match to a designated area in the room, face up. They continue playing until all matches are made. The students must all be seated in their chairs for the timer to stop. Then I or a student (or students) will check the matches. Sometimes we begin checking matches while the game is still going, to decrease the wait time. Any mismatches add 5 seconds to the time. We log the time, collect the cards, and play again. The students think they are playing again to decrease their time, while I know they are playing again to expose them to more of the words we are practicing. ;-)
Depending on the number of flashcards you are using and the number of rounds you allow, the whole game can be played as a 5 minute warm-up, a quick review to end a lesson, or a 20 minute test review. Confetti is also a great way to review previously taught concepts in preparation for final exams or state testing.
This game includes 88 pairs of contractions and their original words. We use these cards for our Confetti game, or we may also choose to play a Memory Game, Go Fish, include these in Literacy Centers or Word Work, or have a Contraction of the Day to go over some difficult pairs (i.e. will not= won't). You can use these in so many ways as you study or review contractions!