Trading Card Games have swept the nations, garnering over $800 million in North America in 2008. Demographics indicate the trend to play among young people is still going strong. Teachers can tap into this craze with educational card games patterned after some of the more popular games.
Card games like Cell Organelle and Processes or Weather and Water Cycle build content vocabulary, help students compare and contrast and see cause and effect relationships as they play. The interpersonal aspect not only motivates but fosters discussion.
With colorful graphics, (check out the accompanying slide show), struggling reader’s get help whether they play or watch. Teachers and parents find these games a boon as anchor activities for early finishers or for students who need a challenge.
Check out additional science card games featuring the digestive tract, circulatory system and Germ Warfare. Check out previous articles on reader’s theater, gallery walks, Christmas scripts, Airborne Germ Warfare and life science resources.