Playing concentration can be a fun way for children to review
the story characters they have read about.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Large blank index cards
- A collection of storybooks children have read or listened to
WHAT TO DO
- Begin by reviewing with children the many stories they have
read or listened to. Ask children to name some of the characters
from those stories. Record the characters' names on chart paper.
Try to list as many story characters as there are children in the
class (or about 24 story characters).
- Then tell children that they are going to play the game
concentration, using pictures of the characters they have just
discussed. If necessary, explain how concentration is played.
Tell children that in this game of concentration they will match
the two halves of a character card. Explain that they will need to
make the character cards themselves.
- Pass out the index cards and have each child choose a story
character to illustrate. Children may refer to books for
illustration ideas. Label or help children label their cards with
the name of the character. When everyone is finished, collect the
cards and show them to the class one at a time. Help children
identify the character on each card.
- Then divide the cards into decks of eight cards each and cut
each card in half (creating decks with 16 cards that make 8
characters). Remind children that the idea is to match the two
halves of a character card.
- Divide the class into groups of three or four and have them
play concentration with their new character cards. If there are
not enough decks for everyone to play at once, allow those
children waiting a turn to look through books in search of more
characters to draw on character cards.
- Write the same number on each pair of the character cards
to ensure accurate matches.
- Combine decks of cards to make for more challenging games.
- Have children create decks of cards using story settings, or sets
of cards that match story titles to story characters.
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