Here in Oregon we have a lot of slugs. Lots and lots of slugs.
"Go Slug!" is a silly little slug-filled version of the card game "Go Fish."
I have several versions of "Go Fish" that I have created. Several years ago I had a class that had bonded over playing "Go Fish" as a free-time activity. They loved to play but they had mastered all of the numbers and card suits so I decided to mix it up a little.
That Halloween I have them a deck of "Go Bats!" cards that I had drawn (available in my store) and they LOVED it! They had fun making jokes and suddenly I noticed that their game-time chatter changed and they were using a whole different vocabulary as part of their play. They pretended they were bats, and made vampire noises and did a lot of voice sounds. My students with autism especially started to participate more.
After that I made multiple versions of Go Fish including this one, "Go Slugs!" It may seem simple on the surface but the different cards convey a catalogue of information and descriptive words.
Oh. And slugs are gross and kids like gross things.
Print four copies to play "Go Slug" or print two copies to make a "Slug Match Game". You will have best results on card stock. Have the students color the cards and then laminate them for a long-lasting deck!
Brett Bigham is the 2014 Oregon State Teacher of the Year and a winner of a NEA National Award for Teaching Excellence. He is a Global Fellow and is the first special education teacher from Oregon to win any of these awards.