Match It! is a card game that is played in a manner which is similar
to the ever-popular game of the UNO!®. This Match It! card game uses spelling, HF, and Amazing words found in Unit 1 of the Reading Street Common Core (2013) Grade 1 reading series and gives the students lots of fun practice with their words.
How to Play:
After shuffling the deck thoroughly, the dealer gives each player 5
cards and places the remaining cards face-down in a pile on the table. This is the draw pile. The dealer flips the top card of the draw pile face-up and places it next to the draw pile. This will become the discard pile. Play proceeds in a clockwise manner from the dealer. Player 1 must play a card from her/his hand that matches either the story word, color word, or number word of the card that is on top of the discard pile. The player must read aloud all the words on her/his matching card before discarding it. If the player is unable to match the story word, color word, or number word on the card, s/he must draw a card from the face-down draw pile, and the next player takes her/his turn. If a player gets a special card in the deck, it may be played on that player’s turn instead of a word card, as long as the color matches. The next player must then follow the directions on that card. When a player has only one card left in her/his hand, s/he must say “Match It!” to let the others know s/he is about to go out. A player who neglects to call out “Match It!’ at the appropriate time must draw an additional TWO cards from the draw pile. If all of the face-down cards on the table are picked up and no one is out of cards at that time, then the face-up cards must be reshuffled to continue play. When a player plays her/his last card, s/he is the winner! The winner becomes the dealer for the next game.
The games are for the following Reading Street Common Core stories:
· Sam, Come Back!
· Pig in a Wig
· The Big Blue Ox
· A Fox and a Kit
· Get the Egg!
· Animal Park
Two versions of the game are included in this packet: a color copy (which is what I print at home and laminate for my learning centers) and a black and white copy (which is what I will send home for homework).
Match It! works best with 3 or 4 players (but can certainly be used as partner work, too) and can be used during small group instruction, as a free-choice game, or as a literacy center. You can even send the game home so that children can practice their words with their parents/siblings!
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Reading Street Common Core
UNO style game