House of Cards
A house of cards is created by stacking one card on top of another, one card at a time, to create a structure. There are many different types of card houses on record, including ones up to 75 card stories tall, and even one that is a replica of Cinderella’s Castle in Disney World! Card stacking is hard, though, as with the slightest breeze or jostle of a surface, the entire thing could be lost in the shuffle. Diligence is key when trying to create a house of cards, as it will give one the will to see the project through.
Have students bring in packs of cards from home and try it out in the classroom. Divide into small groups and let each group build a house. For instructions and tips on the different ways to build a card house visit: https://www.wikihow.com/Build-a-House-of-Cards. If the card structure falls, be encouraging. Perhaps using the other method for stacking will work better?
To process this activity, ask these questions:
- Did you like building a card tower?
- How tall did the house of cards get?
- How many times did they have to start over because someone wasn’t being diligent?
- Did you step back at any time and view your progress?
- The next time you have a repetitive job to do will you remember the slow progress of a house of cards?
How did this activity go when you used it in your classroom? Did you make any modifications that worked better for you? Share your experience below!