Set – the Card Game

setcardgame

 

This is an awesome game and not just for kids.  I’ve played against people of all ages and it is always entertaining.  It does take a few tries to understand the game, but even young children can “get it” and they are usually better than the adults.

The game:

As you see it’s a card game with pictures on each card.  Each card has four characteristics:
SHAPE  – COLOR – NUMBER – SHADING

Each characteristic has 3 options:
shape: OVAL – DIAMOND – SQUIGGLE
color: PURPLE – RED – GREEN
number: ONE – TWO – THREE
shading: EMPTY – HALF – FULL

12 cards are laid out facing up for all the players to see.  The object is to find a “SET”.  What is a set?  A set is 3 cards where each characteristic is ALL SAME or ALL DIFFERENT. Example:

set1

This IS a set.
shape: ALL DIFFERENT
color: ALL DIFFERENT
number: ALL SAME
shading: ALL SAME


 

set2

This IS NOT a set.
shape: ALL DIFFERENT
color: ALL DIFFERENT
number: NEITHER SAME NOR DIFFERENT
shading: ALL SAME

2 cards have 1 shape, 1 card has 2 shapes. 2 are same , 1 is different.


set3

This IS a set.
shape: ALL DIFFERENT
color: ALL DIFFERENT
number: ALL DIFFERENT
shading: ALL DIFFERENT


set4

This IS NOT a set.
shape: NEITHER SAME NOR DIFFERENT
color: ALL DIFFERENT
number: ALL DIFFERENT
shading: NEITHER SAME NOR DIFFERENT

If the last shape was SQUIGGLY, GREEN, ONE, FULL it would be a set.


The winner is the person who can find the most number of Sets.


How I use this in my lessons:

For older students, I explain the rules in English.  I DO NOT USE their native language.  Instead, we go slow, and I show lots of examples.  I take out all the cards that are half or empty shading so we are only looking at 3 characteristics. Often I will pull 2 cards and ask them what the third should be. Once they understand the game, we add all the cards.

For younger students, I show two cards and I ask:
“Color – same or different?”
“Shape – same or different?”
“Show me – same color.”
“Draw same shape.”


This lesson combines well with:

Same & Different
Shapes

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About ltpickens

Private English tutor for children and adults in Krasnodar, Russia.

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