The textbook and items within it….
The following idea grew out of a need to create other Louisiana-based enrichment items for my class. I wanted my students to learn some of the famous people, events, and other things about our great state.
The game is based on the popular UNO card game and you can make it yourself in just some simple steps.
Step 1 – Print these sheets out, in color on cardstock.
Step 2 – LIMINATE them, that is if you want them last. My original UNO game has lasted for 15+ years so far.
Step 3 – Cut them out. This will take a while but it will be WORTH IT IN THE LONG HAUL.
Step 4 - Shuffle the cards.
Rules: These are easy. Most kids know how to play the UNO game.
1. Deal each player seven cards.
2. Turn remaining cards face down.
3. Using whatever students agree on, decide who goes first.
4. Turn over the top card in the stack and begin play.
5. To play a card the student MUST say a fact about the card played correctly and their relationship to Louisiana; such as "1815 - Battle of New Orleans" or "2005 – Hurricane Katrina" or "Jimmie Davis – Singing Governor".
6. If a student misses any part of #5, they must draw two cards. Someone WILL catch them each mistake they make, I promise you that.
7. Cards are put down based on matching color, number, or first letter of the name (word)[first or last name] on the card.
8. Turns go in one direction until a reverse card is played at which time the order is "reversed", typical UNO fashion.
9. When a student plays their next-to-last card they must say "LOUISIANA". If someone says it before them, they must draw two more cards.
10. If the stack of cards is depleted before someone wins, reshuffle the used deck and keep going.
11. The winner is the first player to play all their cards.
12. For rules disputes, use the rules from UNO. 13. When game is over, put all games back in a Ziplock bag.
My students have become very good at saying the names of some of Louisiana's famous people, current or old-time. They had gotten really good at this and my other UNO-style games. This game has become a great reward, a lesson used on days before a holiday, or when an unexpected assembly, field trip, or such takes lots of kids from a class.