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    By jdonick

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    Sometimes, "I have, who has?" games are referred to as zip arounds. It can be created for any subject: math, science, social studies, language arts. Teachers use it for decimals, word recognition, the American Revolution and anything else you can think of.

    Basically it is a loop game, when students have gotten all of the answers correct, it will lead them back to the beginning. What I love about it is the fact that each student is accountable as you need the whole class to participate. Each student is given a card and on it are two phrases:

    "I have _______" AND "Who has _______?"

    The student with the card that says "FIRST CARD" across the top knows that they begin the game. Teacher sets the timer and that student begins reading the question from their card. The students look at their cards. If they have the correct answer to the question posed, they say " I have . . ." and then beginning reading their question.

    For example, a game with states and capitals might go like this:

    Student A has the FIRST CARD which says
    "I have Lansing" AND "Who has the capital of Maryland?"

    Teacher says "go!" setting the timer...

    Student A (with the FIRST CARD): "Who has the capital of Maryland?"

    Student C: "I have Annapolis. Who has the capital of Arizona?"

    Student E: "I have Phoenix. Who has the capital of Idaho?"

    Student D: "I have Boise. Who has the capital of Texas?

    Student B: "I have Austin. Who has the capital of Michigan?"

    Student A: "I have Lansing."

    Timer is stopped...

    My students pass out all of the supplies, clean it all up and so on. I tell them that we will play for 15 minutes and they can play as many times as they can set up the game and play it during that 15 minute span. They work quickly and efficiently to set up so that they can improve their time.


    I hope this helps. Let me know if you have further questions!:s)

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