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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
Here's to engaged students and more instructional time!
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