I'm sure you've heard horror stories from teachers who have tried to use "I have, who has..." card games. Their stories always end in disaster, right? That's because they tried it ONCE and gave up!
I can assure you that, with practice, this game is a great break from worksheets, pencil and paper, and the usual STUFF! The first time I played this game with my first-grade students, it was a near disaster. It wasn't that they couldn't read the words; it was simply understanding how to play the game efficiently to avoid the attention-sapping time from dragging on... and on... and on...
To prove this point, I can tell you that my students can now play any I have, who has... game (with 24 cards) in less than ten minutes, simply because they've learned how to be efficient participants. (To be honest, it took about 5-6 attempts--the first time was a horrible 20 minutes!-- but now we're pretty darn good at finishing in less than 10 minutes!)
So here are a few quick pointers to get you started in the right direction:
*Do NOT sit at desks and try this game! If I had a nickel for every teacher who plays it this way and fails, I'd be a rich woman. Find an area where the students can sit in a circle. Have the students move their desks around if necessary.
*Model how to project the voice. I tell my students to use their bear voice so everyone can hear. The quiet ones still might not be loud enough, but their peers will help out until they finally find their voice.
*Tell students to read their card(s) in advance! This picks up the pace exponentially.
*If you have fewer than 24 students, give the better reader the extras. If you have more than 24, have buddies share a card.
*When they get really good at this game, they'll ask to play it often. I now use it as an incentive so they stay on task during independent work time and complete their work.
*If you print the cards by doubling up the pages (ie, pages 1 & 2 on one page), the size is reduced and they make a great small group work task without being bulky.
Have fun, and thanks for shopping at DJ's Klassroom Korner!
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