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The charts show in the above image so you will know the type of game.
- Pairs Chart Games:
- FamilyMom -like Old Maid, only better, the last card (FamilyMom) is the winner.
- Luke’s – played like “Golf” with 3 pairs so play moves quickly
- Sets Chart Games:
- GoFish – video and illustrated rules are on teachwithgames.com under Game Rules for all of our rules if you need a refresher
- Stephanie’s Spinner Card Game – rules print out with all our games, but with this game, players collect the cards that match their spin.
- Categories Chart Games:
- MatchIT – Crazy Eights and Uno use similar rules
- Category Train – played like Dominos
- Gi’Me, Gi’Me Spinner Game – players collect the cards that match their spin.
- Sequence Chart Games:
- Gotcha – Skip-Bo and Solitaire use similar rules
- More Or Less – The rules only work with measurement information because it uses rules similar to “21” or part of Texas Hold’em, guessing if the next drawn card will be more or less.
The first five games on the list use the “Pairs Chart”. This is the easiest game to make, just put the question and answers into the chart like in this image.
To use the sets chart you need to have “complete” sets. So if I wanted to make a sets game to teach multiplying tens I would add simple division to fill the chart, as below only with the 10’s- 10×0=0, 10×2=20, 10×5=50 as the labels replacing the 8’s, plus 10’s filling the chart
- 10×0=0, 0x10=0, 10÷0=0, 0÷10=0
- 10×2=20, 2×10=20, 20÷10=2, 20÷2=10
- 10×5=50, 5×10=50, 50÷10=5, 50÷5=10
To use the Category Chart to teach 10’s multiplication I would add simple multiplication facts that are ‘known’ by my students. The chart below was filled with 2’s and 5’s also. If my student didn’t ‘know’ these I would change it to 0’s or something they ‘knew’.
The chart (and therefore game) requires a minimum of two categories and three members in each category. The game that was chosen below did not require the colors selected but if it is printed out the colored cards could be used to play Gi’me, Gi’me, Category Train and MatchIt if you have the required cards from another MatchIt game. The rules can be found under “Game Rules”.
The Sequence Chart has also been used to practice the 10’s multiplication family. In the chart below the member chose to make the Gotcha Game but the cards could be used with More Or Less since the tens are measurable.
This is by far my longest post. I am not a writer so I don’t see the way to break it up. I wanted to show you how the same information can sometimes be used in different charts to make different games. The more ways a student can interact with information the better they will understand the concepts. Understanding is a goal for students.