Teach Through Games: Wig Out

Teach Through Games: Wig Out

Age level: Early Elementary, Upper Elementary

Description: Wig Out is a fast game of matching with the ultimate goal of running out of your cards first. This game is particularly good for learners who are just starting to learn how to play games of speed and have fully mastered matching and scanning skills.

Skills & Modifications: One modification I make for students is to play only one round instead of playing five rounds as the game was designed. This removes the aspect of adding up points and also reduces game playing time. As the learner masters the game, I systematically increase the number of rounds played until the learner is able to play all five rounds as described in the directions.

  • Scanning – The learner must be able to simultaneously scan both the cards in his/her hand and the cards that are on the playing surface.
  • Matching – After scanning, the learner must make matches by placing cards from his/her hand on pictures already present on the playing surface, or by taking two or matching cards from his/her hand and creating a new pile on the playing surface.
  • Addition – The game is designed to be played in five rounds, with each round ending when one player has discarded all of his/her cards. At the end of the round, each card in your hand collects one point, which is added to your score. At the end of five rounds, the player with the lowest score wins the game.
  • Playing with Speed – Many of the learners I work with struggle to play games that require speed. As mentioned above, this is a great game for introducing the skill for elementary school students who have mastered scanning and matching skills.

Pros: My students love the illustrations on these cards; they find them very funny. This is also a great game for playing with siblings as it appeals to a wide range of ages within elementary school kids.

Cons: none

Cost: $11.99 You should invest in this game if: you are seeking ways to engage your students in games that require speed, you are looking for games that can be played with the whole family, or you are looking for games with a humorous aspect.

ABLLS: B5, K15, R10

VB-MAPP: VP-MTS 5

 

**Wig Out was provided to me for free by the company Gamewright to write about here. This did not influence my opinions on the game. The thoughts and ideas above are all my own.

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