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This a a variation on the game Typhoon. I used this in Elementary 3rd and 4th grade for the last lesson to review the previous lessons.
- Create enough cards to fill your grid. Write a point value on each card (from 1 to 10+). Make about 10% of the cards batsu cards. An X works well for this.
- Set up a 5×5 or 6×6 grid on the board. In each square place 1 card face down.
- Split the class into teams.
- Show the class the flashcard/question, but only allow the first team to answer. Allow them 10 seconds to think about their answer, then as a group have them say it.
- If they are correct, one student chooses a card on the board. If there are points on the card, these are added to their point total. If there is an X on the card, the team loses 10 points, or goes to 0, whichever is less.
- If they are incorrect, go to the next team.
The game is still competitive, and students will yell at other teams to choose the X card, but it does not allow teams to erase each other’s points. Instead, a team’s points are entirely dependent on their luck, which also does not allow one team to be picked on.