If you are like me, two things are true:
- You will be shopping for stocking stuffers on Christmas Eve.
- You will want to steal your kids’ toys for your classroom.
If so, I have the perfect solution for both of these things … Uno cards!
Uno cards are one of the most versatile props that I use in my classroom. I was first inspired when we had a couple of French foreign exchange students stay with us for two weeks when my kids were in middle school. They could quickly and easily relate to colors and numbers, so it was one of the first games we played.
Below, I’ve included a short video that shows how I use Uno cards in my classroom, but here is a quick summary:
- Colors and Numbers: This is the obvious use for these. You can quickly and easily hold Uno cards up to reinforce either colors, numbers, or both. You can pair them to go up through the double-digit numbers as well!
- “Only”: That was today’s lesson. Make your own combinations to show the “only” red card or the “only” 2.
- Equal/Not Equal: 3=3. Enough said.
- Greater Than/Less Than: 3<5. 3>1. Of course, be careful that if you add a greater than or less than sign when you hold up your cards that it points the right way!
- Same/Different: This is similar to “only.” For the most basic example, you could hold up two red threes, and say “same.” As the lessons/students become more advanced, you could have conversations about how a red three and a blue three are the same and how they are different.
- Before/After: This could be in a math lesson or in a calendar/days of the month lesson.
- UA Levels: Use this as part of a secondary reward system to acknowledge when a student moves from one level to the next.
- UA Projects: Use them to let the students know that they are in lesson 5 (Hold up the #5) today, and that their homework (project) is due in lesson 12 (Hold up the 1 and 2.)
Feel free to check out this video to see how I use my cards in action. The possibilities are endless! How else would you use Uno cards in the classroom? Let me know in the comments below!
Now…off to do my own last minute shopping!