Each student is dealt five (5) cards with the remaining ones placed face down to form a DRAW pile. The top card of the DRAW pile is turned over to begin a DISCARD pile. If any wild cards (skip, reverse, wild) begin the discard pile, use the second card to begin play and put the wild card back into the deck.
The student with the next closest birthday goes first. This student has to match the card in the DISCARD pile either by word family or beginning sound. For example, if the card is an ‘–an’ card, specifically c-an, the student must put down another ‘an’ card from his/her hand (fan, ran, man, etc.) or s/he could put down and match a beginning sound like c-op. The student can also play a Wild card, skip card, or reverse card. Student must specify their play; they must read their card and say whether the card has the same beginning sound or belongs to the same word family. If s/he doesn't have anything to match, s/he must pick one (1) card from the DRAW pile. Play moves to the next person.
When a student has one card left, they must say "UNO!" (which means one). If someone else catches the student forgetting to say UNO, then that student has to draw two cards from the DRAW pile. Once a player has no cards left, the game is over.