To save on colored ink, I went ahead and printed everything in grayscale and it still looks great! I love that this game is so easy to set up and play. My kids have played a lot of Concentration/Memory games this school year, so they become second nature with the rules of how to play.
At first this game can seem a bit overwhelming. There are 48 playing cards (24 main idea cards, 24 detail cards). However, Andrea does write on the directions page that you can print the main idea cards on one color and the detail cards on another. This would help kids make sure they were always picking up one of each. You could also carefully separate the cards into two games so the kids are playing with half the cards.
I went ahead and put them all in so you could see everything at once:
We set up the game in a 6 x 8 array.
Player one turned over two cards.
No match - player one turned over two detail cards.
Next, player two went. This player turned over two cards. When she compared them, she thought she found a match.
Player one used the answer key to check when there was some confusion. I love games that are self-checking :)
In the end, the students put their card pairs into a pile. The player with the most matches at the end of the game wins. This is a great way for students to reinforce the learning taking place during reading instruction.
Andrea also included a graphic organizer in the file. She suggests that as an extension, your students can choose one of the main idea cards from the game. Students then think of additional details that match. Students not only complete the graphic organizer with the ideas, but can then extend that understanding by writing about the topic.
The next game I was so fortunate to receive was:
There is a little twist to the game. In the deck of cards there are cards that say, POP! When a student draws this type of card, he moves backwards the number of spaces rolled on the die.
One last thing I did was have my students place the cards into three piles: facts, opinions, and POP! cards when they finished their game. That way, I could simply walk by, pick up a pile, and do a quick, informal assessment on their ability to identify facts and opinions.
If your students are working on fact and opinion, this game would be a great addition to your classroom. Click here to pick up your own copy!
Please visit Andrea's blog. She will be reviewing something I created - two products, actually.