It is so funny about the way I came up with this way of teaching my beloved Louisiana history. I have always loved a various ways, things, songs to teach my own students Louisiana facts that will cause them to remember them. Yesterday I ran into a former student who told me he "remembered…" and we was an average student from 20+ years ago. He made me smile as he told the story in detail.
As I looked thru games, I came across Taboo and put it aside. I went on to Scattergories, Boggle, Battleship, UN and other items which have become some of my staples over the years. But I kept coming back to Taboo. I tried to come up with a name that would help my own students – names like LaGumbo, LaUNO etc. Finally I chose Laboo – half Louisiana, half Taboo and I was off to the races so to speak.
Then, I began to come up with cards that were generic enough to be played any time of the year by anyone who had lived in Louisiana for very long. It worked. The card answers are all different which keeps me on my toes to keep ahead of my students. They make me know my Louisiana history better and better each time we play. Some cards are easy, some hard.
My students fell in love with the game but it took a little time to get used to the rules. Once they learned them they asked to play it often. I learned to LAMINATE the cards after printing them on cardstock before I cut them apart. This made the game playable for years – 10+ for now.
I even did a page of blank cards for you to create your on cards.