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Court Jester

author: Nigel
level: Elementary
Preparation: Packs of Playing Cards
big_small: Big or Small Groups

This is a game in similar style to the Name Card Game, but it uses packs of cards, which makes it easy to prepare, and this time the kids have to get rid of their cards!

Give all the students anything between 3 and 5 playing cards each. (3 for a shorter game, 5 for a longer game) 1 card must be the joker.

The object of the game is to
a) Be the first to get rid of all your cards, and
b) Not to have the joker in your hand if you are unlucky enough to still have cards when the game ends.

1. The children find a partner.
2. They decide who will ask today's question by playing rock, paper, scissors.
3. The winner asks a question, the looser answer the question.
4. When the question has been answered, without seeing which card it is, the loser takes one card from the winner.
5. They then find another partner and repeat the process.
6. The game ends when the first person has passed on all his cards.
7. Those left holding cards then count the value of the cards they have left.

Jokers are worth 1000. so even if you only have the joker left in your hand you loose. (however, as you suit the game to suit yourself, you can change the value of the joker!)

Nigel



Readers' Comments:

Stephen Hunter

Excellent game. I used the GE cards for the topic I was teaching (Where are you going?) and used the question card as the Joker. The kids loved it so much that they were playing it after lunch. This meant all the cards I copied ended up as a present for the class. I will have to say that the playing cards would be great for numbers and math in English though.






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