How to Play
Objective: The first player to collect all the cards wins the game.
Set-Up: Before beginning the game, look over the cards in the deck so you can recognize the difference between the thief and the word cards. Then decided which player will be the dealer, they shuffle and pass out cards equally to the players. Player keeps cards face done in a pile in front of them.
Game Play: The player to the left of the dealers goes first. Moving around in a circle to the left, take turns flipping your top card and tossing it onto the center pile. Do not look at your card as you flip it over-it is only fair if everyone sees the card at the same time. You must read your card out loud when it hits the pile.
Slap the center pile when you spot one of three things:
Double Decker - two of the same card in a row to make a double decker. Two “say” cards, for example
Slamwich – two of the same cards separated by the one that is different to make a slamwich. For example, a
“seen”, a “light” and another “seen” card all turned over in that order.
Thief – Sam I Am trying to take the green eggs and ham
The first player to slap a Slamwich or Double Decker gets to keep all the cards in the center pile. When you spot a thief, slap it and yell “Stop Thief!” Get there first and you get to take the pile. If you slap first, but forget to yell, then the first person to say it gets the pile. When you win the pile, add those cards to the bottom of your pile. Then start a new round by quickly flipping the top card from your pile in the center. Play continues clockwise.
Ending the Game: When you are out of cards, you are out of the game. Keep playing until there is only one player left. The first player to collect all the cards is the winner. Some games run longer than others do, so you might want to play the game with a time limit. At the end of the designated time, everybody counts his or her cards. The player with the most cards wins.
This is a great game for students to play in groups to help them with the 3rd grade list of Dolch Sight Words. This game encourages students to read these words out loud correctly and with an increasing amount of speed as they get more and more into the game.
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