ZAP! is a fun and engaging way to have students practice any kind of skill from adding and subtracting to identifying fact and opinion statements. This particular ZAP! game provides students practice with distinguishing fact from opinion statements about American folk hero, Johnny Appleseed.
Medium to large empty Pringle’s container (or something similar) with the lid, a paper bag will work in a pinch
Pages 1, 3-11 from this packet, laminated for durability or printed on cardstock
Affix page 1 to the container. You may want to cover the container with construction or contact paper completely before affixing the label.
Cut apart the activity strips on pp. 3-10 and place them inside the container, mixing them well. Two cards have been left blank for writing your own statements.
Store the answer key inside the container as well. QR Codes are provided on each card to allow for self-checking when used as a literacy center.
Divide your class into several teams depending on the number of students.
Determine how long you will play or how many rounds you will complete.
Have a student draw a strip from the container without looking inside. I hold the container above the player’s head.
The team should read the words on the strip, then confer to determine the answer.
If the team answers correctly, it keeps the strip. If it answers incorrectly the strip is returned to the container.
Teams take turns drawing/collecting the strips. However, there is a twist. If a team draws a ZAP! card, it must return ALL of its strips to the container.
The winner is the team that collects the most strips. You may want to award them with a simple prize such as a treat, bonus points on an upcoming quiz/test, 5 minutes of free time, etc.
This set of ZAP! cards can also be used as regular task cards (minus the ZAP! Cards). Place them in a literacy center or play a game of SCOOT or SCATTER.