How to Play Oops!, A Simple Review Game for Any Standard

How to Play Oops!, A Simple Review Game for Any Standard

Oops! is such an easy game and so great for your budget! Instead of spending money on fancy games that aren't aligned to your standards, this is a simple game you can teach your students at the start of the year that they can play every day. It works for partners, or small groups. AND it can review literally any content.

I love it for centers, because it can go on for any period of time. Plus, the "Oops!" part of the game - where students have to return all their cards - is random and allows for your strugglers to feel like they can win even if they are playing students more advanced than they are. 

I've created cards to go with this game for all of the math facts, but you could use any flashcards or questions you'd like with the game as well by simply adding in the “Oops'“ cards!

I’ve added a link to the combo set that includes the addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division fact cards (see image below), but all of the games are available individually at my Teachers Pay Teachers store as well.

So here's how it works: 

Students shuffle the deck of cards, and each student takes a turn drawing a card and answering the question on the back. 

If a student answers correctly, they keep the card. If they answer incorrectly, they return the card to the bottom of the stack of cards. 

Play continues until time is up. The player with the most cards at the end wins. 

Easy, right?!

Mixed into the game are some cards without questions, too. There had to be a catch! 

The “Oops!” card requires that the student return the ”Oops!” card and any other cards they have to the bottom of the pile. This is how we keep the game interesting!

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There are three other cards as well. The first asks students to take one card from every other player. The second tells students that they lose a turn, but don’t have to return their cards to the pile. The third allows students to draw two more cards.

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All of these cards are returned to the bottom of the pile after each turn.

I am still creating Common Core aligned cards for various topics over at my TeachersPayTeachers store. If you need a set that I haven't created yet, leave a comment below so I can get started! Eventually I'll be selling the cards in bundles by grade level/subject.

Here are links to the sets I've already created: 

Addition Facts

Subtraction Facts

Multiplication Facts

Division Facts

Here's to engaged students and more instructional time!


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