I Have… Who Has? Coding Cards


Last week, I was doing my weekly PD with my fellow teachers and one of our coaches had us play, I have/You have card game. Those who are unfamiliar with it here is how it works:

  • Distributing Cards:   Distribute one card to each student, then distribute the extras to strong students in the beginning and to random students as the class becomes more familiar with the deck.
  • Class Play:   As you distribute the cards, encourage students to begin thinking about what the question for their card might be so that they are prepared to answer.   When all cards are distributed, select the “0” card or any student to begin.   Play continues until the game comes back to the original card.   That student answers and then says “stop” to signal the end of the game.
  • Timed Play:   Consider using a stopwatch to time the class game.   Record the time on the board so that students try each game to beat their current best time.   This practice encourages students to stay attentive and prompts students to practice basic facts so that the class time improves.  The current record for the multiplication deck is held by a fourth grade class in New Jersey who completed the deck in 59 seconds.   If your class beats this record, be sure to send an e-mail with the facts.
  • Calling Out Answers:Discourage this practice by adding 5 seconds onto the class time whenever you hear an answer from someone who does not hold the card.   Use the same penalty for students who express vocal displeasure with delays by other students.


I made a Google Drawings for everyone to get started using Coding from Tickle and Ozoblocky. You can get a copy here

You can get various I have… Who Has? decks and ideas at this Pinterest Board


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