This is a fun game that you can use in centers or as a whole class. Practice vocabulary, math facts, definitions, beginnings and endings of memorized phrases, or any other information that can be paired. This game is best used a day or two after the information is introduced, since the students need to be somewhat familiar with the words in order to play. It's a great review for a test.
Click on the Study List tab, below. Type or copy and paste your clues and answers in columns C and D. You can enter up to 40. Mix up your list so students won't know what is coming next. Then click on the Cards tab and print your cards! You can change the phrases "I have . . ." and "Who has . . ." into another language or whatever phrase you like by typing them into the blue cells. Change the first card's opening phrase "the first card" by typing the phrase you want in the green cell.
You can change the size of the fonts on the cards to fit your needs. They are set up by default for a maximum of about 130 characters in the clue or in the answer. Shorter answers might use a bigger font.
Copy one set of vocabulary game cards for the class or one for each small group of students. Cut apart and laminate them (if you want to use them again next year). Place each set of cards in an envelope, and write the selection title on it.
Before you pass out the cards to a group of students, mix them up. Divide the cards as evenly as possible among the students. Have them read their cards so that they are familiar with which ones they have. The student who has the clue card that says I have . . . the first card will begin the game by reading aloud his or her card. After the first card is read aloud, the student with the answer to the clue reads aloud his or her card. Students continue reading until they get back to the first card. The game ends after a student reads "Who has the first card" and a student answers "I have the first card."
It's fun to time the game to see which group can get through the cards the fastest, or to time the whole class and then try to beat that time. It's easy to shuffle the cards so that there are different versions of the game in case students start to memorize the order of the clues.
If you do make multiple versions of the game, I recommend color-coding them by printing them on different colored paper or using markers to color the edges of each set.
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