The first of six categories in Bloom's Taxonomy of cognitive learning involves the recall or recognition of specific facts, procedural patterns, and concepts that serve in the development of intellectual abilities and skills. Memory games can facilitate the acquisition of such knowledge in a nontraditional, but entertaining way.
If you have ever played memory games with your children, you can sense the fun and excitement that they experience as they successfully match pairs of cards. I specifically recall my daughter’s jubilance as she easily outscored me by a 2 to 1 ratio in matching animated characters from a matching card game.
As an educator I wanted to duplicate that excitement in my classes so I originally created a memory game that matched algebraic properties of fields with their corresponding symbolic representation. My morning Accelerated Algebra II class reacted so positively that I asked another Accelerated Algebra II teacher to observe my class in the afternoon while they participated in this activity. The next day as his students were also participating in this same memory game, he left his class to tell me that this activity was “awesome.” Since then, I have developed additional memory games for most of our upper level math courses at our school including AP Calculus. The student responses have been just as positive. Consequently, I created a booklet of 12 such memory games that is being marketed as “Memory Games” through American Educational Products (AMEP).
Since then, I have expanded these games for other areas of mathematics including the at-risk students where I also employ this activity as an icebreaker. I have been especially pleased with my students’ reactions and so I have placed this memory game on TpT.