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Here are some notes on how I put it together and one trick you can try when preparing game cards for students. It does take a bit of elbow grease, but once you have the cards put together, they'll last for years!
First, print the cards. Pretty simple. There's quite a few pages to print, so make sure you have enough ink. There are 8 cards per page.
Then, cut and trim the cards. You can use a paper cutter. Easy to cut and trim. I tend to be a bit OCD with my cutting and my quilting skills come out. I cut them with my quilting supplies because that's what I have at home.
Here's the coolest thing that I've started doing with my playing cards. I add a small piece of colored copy paper to the back of the card. This keeps the card from being see-through. You can see that when you shine light up to them, the number can be seen, but for the most part, you can't see through the cards. Also, adding a colored card allows you to quickly sort the cards, if any become mixed up with other games that may have a different colored backing.
I only do this with card games that students play with partners or in teams. The kind of games where you have to hold a group of cards in your hand and there's a potential of seeing through the cards.
I cut the colored copy paper to be slightly smaller than the playing card and stick it in the middle of the card with a little bit of glue stick glue. Because I laminate the cards, it doesn't need to be glued down well, just enough to stick through the lamination.
Then comes the laminating. Having a laminator at home is so convenient! I highly recommend getting one at least at school, if not at home. Our school doesn't have a laminator, so this has been a lifesaver at school and home!
You do have to cut it out again after laminating, but it's much quicker!
The final thing is to package it all together and get it ready for you classroom! I've gotten into the habit of printing out the cover of the product and taping it down to the front of a manilla envelope. It's been convenient to just grab the envelope that I need. All of them are the same size and I don't go searching for materials!
Since it's summertime, I didn't actually have my students play the game. It's Uno-style, and if you grew up in the 80-90's, you all know how to play Uno. If you didn't, well, the game does come with directions! I'm sure it will take some modeling with students for them to get to know the game. I tend to teach the game to a small group of higher students who then take the lead on teaching it to other groups of students.
The game itself has whole number cards and matching addition expressions, wild cards, and all the reverse, draw two, etc. cards that come with UNO. There are several different ways to match the cards: color, equation to whole number, equation to equation with the same value. It's a great way to build the a sense of equality, too! I love games that not only provide an education experience, but provide an element of fun and practice cooperation skills.
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