This is an fun game designed to help students connect topics to the details that support those topics. (If your class refers to details as "evidence", this term can be substituted.) Students need a basic understanding of these concepts before playing the game. (You may want to view my product, Topic and Topic Sentence:Easy to Teach ).
The game is simple. Each child has a game board (3 different boards are provided, all with the same answers, but arranged in varying order). The game board contains 9 boxes, each with a detail that supports and matches one of the 9 topics the teacher reads aloud, for example, the teacher might read, " Mail carriers have a hard job." One of the boxes on the student game board contains the detail that supports this topic, i.e., "They bring the mail when it's snowy, rainy, or hot." Students put a marker on the correct detail. When the game ends, the teacher reads each topic again, and calls on students for the correct matches and the reasons behind their choices. Those who did well will have their choices affirmed, and those who need help will hear their peers explain why the correct answers would belong in paragraphs with those topics. Discussing matches as a class will often make the concept clear.
Included are game boards which can be used year after year, easy teacher and class instructions, a pre-game example for students, a list of Topics for the teacher, and a list of supporting Details that match those topics. This serves as a Teacher Answer Key .