A few weeks ago I wrote about how much I love Flippity’s Manipulatives to give my Little Darlings input while they’re working up a storm on their Digital Days. Another fantastic tool is Flippity’s Matching and Memory games. They’re crazy easy to create and I’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of them lately. Let me introduce you to Flippity’s Matching and Memory Games!
And if you’ve been reading for a while, you know I love me some Input Games…here’s how to play one of my all time favorites, Parejas, in a hybrid classroom using Flippity’s Matching Tool.
If you haven’t heard, the Matching and Memory games, like all Flippity tools are amazing because:
- It’s FREE!!!! You don’t even have to sign up.
- It doesn’t require students to log in! No student accounts, no passwords.
- You can create a zillion activities to use in class or remotely.
And like all Flippity’s Manipulatives, creating the matching pairs is easy to show and hard to explain, so I’ll make you a quick little tutorial video. But first, let’s look at some options for using Flippity’s Matching and Memory Games in language classes:
Let’s make one together…
Step by step, creating a Flippity Memory game
If you want to get fancy and add in pictures…
A few tips:
Zoom in: Especially if you’re using pictures, I find that it’s hard to see the image at normal size. You won’t be able to adjust the size on the teacher end, but students can zoom in to make everything bigger. They’ll have to scroll up and down to access the cards, but they’ll be able to see the image! If you’re using Chrome as your browser window, here’s how to zoom.
Less is more: The more you write, the smaller the text will appear. Students can Zoom, (see above) but it seems to work better if you keep your text succinct. Likewise, don’t go wild creating a zillion cards. Your students will like you better if you create fewer pairs. If you write 12 pairs, you’re really creating 24 cards, and that is a lot to remember! 7-9 pairs (14-18 cards) seems like the magic number for my kiddos.
If you want (need) proof that they actually did it…
And if you want to add just a touch of accountability, you know, so you know they’re actually doing their online assignments, I like to drop the link into a Google Form, and ask them to upload a screenshot of their completed memory game. The form looks like this:
And a disclaimer…
Teaching right now is HARD. It feels like our brains and hearts are MAXED OUT. If you’re just barely keeping your head above water right now, it’s not the right time to play with a sparkly new tech tool. Instead put on your sweatpants, and watch some Netflix … Flippity (and all the other rad and sparkly tech tools) will still be there when you’re ready. Since we haven’t been traveling in a while, let me remind you: Put on your oxygen mask first, then assist the people around you.
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Thanks for another super-concrete and helpful post! I have used Flippety a few times after your December post and my kids love it. I also used the tip of having them submit a screenshot in a Google Form – even though I have not been “grading” these, it’s a good accountability step for my MS students who get easily distracted at home.
Looking forward to giving the Memory/Matching a try!
I’m so happy you found it helpful!! Thank you
I love this idea— I think it will be fun to play in the future (once I’ve mastered some other tools)! Many thanks for sharing!
Hi! This is great! But I am wondering…if I share the Flippity link, won’t the entire class be playing the same game together? Is there a way to divide them in groups of two so each group can have their own set?
Thanks!!! We’re looking forward to playing!! I’m running out of remote ideas!!
Everyone who has the link will have their own game- so great for individual practice. If you want to play together as a class, you should open one game and projected for everyone to see. Take a look at the blog post called “parejas” to see an example!!
Oh ok! I was assuming it was a game for pairs!! I understand now! I’ll check out the “parejas” blog though!
Thank you SO much for all your wonderful ideas! Whenever I’m out of ideas, I come here for inspiration! Inspired by this post, I’ve been using Flippity matching a lot these days. I discovered this week, though, that kids can just right click on a blank space and translate the whole thing to English. They have gotten savvy and realize that if they click back to German, they can screenshot the “victory” slide in German and I’d be none the wiser. Sigh.
Fortunately, a colleague introduced me to Wordwall– a fremium sight with SO many options, including a matching option. It doesn’t look as if you can translate and they send you reports– no screenshot necessary. I think you’d be able to think of lots of additional ideas to do with the many activities they have.
They’re so sneaky!! I’ll look into Wordwall. Thanks!