First, I need to give you a bit of advice that I learned the hard way. After more than five years of printing and printing and printing these cards out – I finally realized that it would be much easier if I just print them on cardstock and laminate them ONE TIME and be done with it. After five years it was the best decision I ever made. I now use them over and over but generally only once or twice a year.
I know there seems to be a lot of pages but with Louisiana's 64 parishes and 64 parish seats – well, there are LOTS of cards. Now you see why I lamented them and do it only once.
It did not take long before my students learned the parishes-parish seat-and who was next to who. And I did not have to force them to memorize them or take a zillion pre-tests. They were willing to learn on their own.
This game has a set of over 30 pages plus a set of blank cars just in case I made a mistake or two.
You can play the game multiple ways – and I have done them all –the normal way, multiple cards to each student, or by parish only so that students have to find a neighboring parish. I have even divided the parish cards by sections of the state so that would know which part of the state each parish is in. You can even make the game harder by having students know which parish seat goes to what next parish over.