Play "Memory" game with decks of playing cards. Students will play game in pairs. Each pair of students will receive 26 cards, with 13 matched pairs. A matched pair would consist of an ace of spades with an ace of clubs or the four of diamonds with the four of hearts, a red card with a red card or a black card with a black card. The teacher or students can combine several decks into sets of 13 matched pairs. A class of 20 students would require 5 decks of cards.
Students will shuffle sets and place face down in a square configuration. The first student draws two cards, observes the cards, and flips them back face-down. The other student draws two cards, attempting to make a match. When a match is made, the match is put aside. Continue making attempts and taking turns until all cards are matched. During play, students will keep a T-chart of incorrect to correct responses. Total all responses when all matches are completed.
What is the ratio of correct to incorrect matchings (mini-lesson on ratio)?
How were you able to find the matching cards? Did it get harder or easier to find matches during the game?
As you continued the game, how did the ratio of correct to incorrect matchings change?
Which teams had the highest number of correct responses? Were these teams just lucky, or did they develop a technique or strategy?
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