Secret Number Karuta

Last night I remembered a twist on the classic “Karuta” slap the card game. In case you aren’t familiar with this game, the teacher spreads out flashcards in front of the students. The teacher calls out a flashcard. The first to slap that card (I use fly swatters) gets the card. The player with the most cards is the winner! BUT, one students is always better them others. One way to level the playing field is to have the person who got the last card, call the next card and wait out a turn. Another way is to use a “secret number”. Tell the students you are writing a secret number. Put the secret number folded where the players can see the paper, but not the number.  Play the classic game of “Karuta”. After playing, ask each student how may cards they have. If any students have the some amount or cards (lets say four cards) as the secret number (4), they win! This gives all students a chance to win. Not just the player with the most cards. Any number is good. Especially a low number! Lots of fun and no hurt feelings.

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