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How to Play I Have Who Has
I Have, Who Has quickly has quickly become a popular, fun, classroom game for kids. ?
From sight words, letters, colors, shapes, and numbers, to cvc words, addition, and subtraction, these I Have Who Has games are great for prek, kindergarten, and first grade.
How to Prep I Have Who Has
I remember hearing teachers talk about playing I Have Who Has with their kiddos, and I wasn’t even sure how to get started.
Like you, I was a busy teacher, with no time to prep a game with lots of details. Thankfully, I quickly realized this game is a low-prep game for the whole class.
Once I saw how little prep this fun call and response game takes, I decided to create an entire series to match my other kindergarten resources.
After choosing which skill you want to work on, simply print your I Have Who Has cards.
Next, you will laminate the cards. This would be a great task for a parent volunteer. Some parents prefer these type of simple tasks over working with the kids.
Your parent volunteer can stay busy with laminating and cutting multiple sets, so you have games to play in the classroom all year!
So, that’s it! You simply print, laminate, and cut to prep your call and response card games!
How to Play I Have Who Has as a Whole Class
Playing this call and response game as a whole class is a great way to review skills, build listening, and promote a positive classroom community.
Your kiddos sit or stand in a circle around the room.
For the game to work correctly, be sure to pass out ALL cards. Depending on class size, some students may have 2 cards. This is a great opportunity to differentiate.
If you know a couple students that need a challenge, give them more than one card. You could also pair them with a kiddo that may need extra support following directions or reading the card.
While calling out the cards, there are several ways you can manage your group of kiddos.
For example, they can sit in a circle, stay seated, and simply read aloud their cards. Or, you can have them sit/stand only when it’s their turn. If doing a sequencing game (alphabet or numbers), you could have them go stand in a line when it’s their turn.
This is a good method to reinforce your visual learners. Whomever has the card that read “I have the first card”, will go first.
After the kiddo reads aloud the card, the kiddo who has the word called out will read next. (Ex: Student 1 – “I have the first card. Who has” Student 2 – “I have all. Who has are?)
The game will continue until all cards have been called. The last player’s card reads “I have the end.”
Playing I Have Who Has as a Small Group (VIDEO)
Yes, the I Have, Who Has game was created as a game to play with a large group of kids. But this classroom card game, can easily be played with a small group, too.
As a title 1 reading tutor for kindergarten, first, and second graders, I loved playing this game in a small group setting.
You can use the games in an intervention reading group, or leave it at a literacy station.
Here is a short video demonstrating how I use I Have Who Has game to practice second grade sight words.
Here are some tips for playing this fun classroom game with a small group:
* distribute the cards to each player until there are no cards remaining (they will have nearly an equal amount of cards)
* have students lay their cards out flat in front of them to assure they can see all of them
* give them an opportunity to look over all of their words
* ask if they need help reading any of their words before getting started
* the player who has the first card leads the game
* the player when the end card will collect the cards when the game is over
Some may argue that the kids may have a difficult time reading their cards when they have more than one. Yes, this could be true. However, you are an awesome teacher, and you will set the stage, scaffold their reading if you will, before the game begins.
If there is a student in your small group that you know will struggle with a few of their words, do a mini-lesson before the game starts. This way, you’re not pointing out one child’s struggle with sight words, but you’re reviewing to help the whole group 🙂
When you’re all done, gather the cards, and store them until it’s time for another round. I love storing my game cards in the iris containers (below). If you don’t have the colorful storage containers, a simple zip-loc will do.