Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Tried It Tuesday - "I Have, Who Has" Cards

This week was a "kind of tried something new." 
I always see other teachers selling "I have, Who Has" cards. 
I've used them in the past, but never really liked the outcome. 
Half the kids weren't paying attention. 
I tried including the recording sheets that went along with the set of cards, but at least 1/3 of the class forgot to record an answer or answered it incorrectly. 
I really wanted to use the cards, so I tried a new approach. 
I divided my class up into groups of 4 or 5 students. 
Each group was given a set of "I have, Who Has" cards. 
Then it was up to them how to organize the activity.
Most of the kids divided the cards up among the groups.
Other groups put the cards in middle and they solved the problems together. 
I only had two groups lose track of their responses,
but we were able to quickly figure out the issues.
It was great to hear all the math talk that was happening and the kids had a lot of fun.
Have you ever successfully used these cards?
What did you do?


  1. I am so glad that you posted this. I have not tried these cards yet but keep seeing them everywhere and for every subject. I appreciate you sharing what did and didn't work for you.

    Looking From Third to Fourth

  2. I really like this method a lot better than the whole class one. I have only used the whole class game this year once because only half the class pays attention like you said (especially if their card is "done"). Thank you so much for this tip and for linking up!
    Fourth Grade Flipper