We’ve all played the memory game with a deck of cards. Several pairs of cards are shuffled together and then laid out upside down in a grid. The students take turns turning over 2 cards to find the matches. They need to pay attention when the other students are playing so that they know where the cards are laying. You can play this game with vocabulary from any class matching words or matching words to definitions or synonyms or antonyms. You can match math problems to the answer.
To process this activity, ask these questions:
- What does it feel like when you know where a pair is?
- How hard is it to pay attention to all the turns before you?
- What kind of distractions can cause you to miss what someone else found?
- If you were good at remembering other people’s cards, can use that skill to keep your attention on things that are important?