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Memory Match

Suggested Grade Level(s): 4, 5

Content Standard(s):

  • 4 - Reading/Language Arts
    • Vocabulary Acquisition and Use | L.4.5:
      Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
  • 5 - Reading/Language Arts
    • Vocabulary Acquisition and Use | L.5.5:
      Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

Purpose of Activity (objectives, etc.):

Students will use locomotor movements when playing the familiar game of Memory. This language arts version uses the relationship between particular words to help students better understand each of the words. This lesson can easily be adapted to other subjects like Math & Social Studies.

Materials/Equipment (Needed):

  • Cards or Paper Plates

Description:

1. Write rhyming words, homonyms, or other matching words on the bottom of paper plates or cards and divide students into groups of two.

2. Scatter half the paper plates or cards turned upside down around one side of the classroom. The matching paper plates or cards are scattered on the other side of the playing space.

3. Have each group start at a different spot and, using a specific locomotor pattern (e.g., hopping on one foot, skipping, twirling), move to one side to pick a paper plate or card. Then they move, using the same locomotor pattern, to the other side of the playing area to find their matching word. If they turn over a card that matches, they bring it back. If it doesn‛t, they place it back on the floor upside down for the other teams to find. Partners must stay together and can only turn over one card at a time.

Cross-curricular Linking
Mathematics
Write equations on the paper plates or cards and have the students match them with the correct solution.

Social Studies
Tape pictures and their matching words or dates (e.g., countries, cultures, historic figures, historic events) to the paper plates or cards and have the students match the pictures to the words.

Time:

10 minutes

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