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Life as a Lizard Unit Keyword Fun "Memory" Game

This game has also been called “Concentration.”

Number of students: The game should be played with groups of 2-4 students

Materials: Life as a Lizard Glossary Words

Preparation: Each student makes two different decks of cards, one set will have a keyword on one side of each card, the other set will have a definition of a keyword on one side of each card. 

How to Play: For the first few rounds players may use their list of vocabulary words. As you improve, try playing without the vocabulary list.

An example of how the game works: if I turned over my first card and the word “lizard” was on it, I would say the word and then pick another card to turn over.  If the second card I turned over said, “using the sense of smell” I would not have a match.  I would flip both of the cards back over and it would be the next person’s turn. Alternatively, if my first card had the word “lizard” on it and the second card read “a type of reptile that generally has 4 legs”, that would be a match.  I would pick up both cards, leave them next to me, and then take another turn. The trick of the game is both to remember what keyword goes with what definition, and also to make matches by remembering where you saw each card.       

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Collection: Arizona Partners in Reptile and Amphibian Conservation, AZ PARC http://www.reptilesofaz.com/ Primary Author: Craig Ivanyi, Herpetology Curator of the Sonoran Desert Museum and AZ PARC Education Working Group Coordinator. Additional Authors and AZ PARC Education Working Group Members: Cori Dolan, Lisa Schwartz, Kat Wilson, Cristina Jones, Dave Prival, Dennis Caldwell and Taylor Edwards. Special thanks to the teachers who piloted the lessons and gave invaluable feedback: Kristen Trejos, Angela Bonine and Karen Bradley.

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