Make a Match

Baffling Balloons lesson plan

Make a match in this game of Concentration!

  • 1.

    Ask students if they have ever thought about their memories. How good is one's memory? What can be done to improve one's memory? Playing matching games are fun ways to test tricks for remembering. Invite students to create a game that can be as difficult or as easy as they like. Students can use information they researched from a recent social studies or science unit to base their game on.

  • 2.

    Students measure at least 20 small squares on heavy felt with Crayola Fabric Markers. Draw matching pairs of symbols from research on the squares. For example, if the research was focused on the American Civil War, students may choose to illustrate cannon on two squares. If the research was focused on endangered species, students may sketch examples of endangered organisms on their squares.

  • 3.

    Fill the back of every square with the same colorful design. The game is ready to play! The game’s portable, so it can be taken anywhere.

  • 4.

    Allow time in the school day for students to practice the game.


  • LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • LA: Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.
  • LA: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.
  • VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.


  • Provide students with a game of Concentration. Have students review the given rules. How might they like to alter these rules for their memory game? Students collaborate to write rules for their versions of the Concentration games.
  • Students ask family members about strategies they use to improve their memories. Students take notes on the conversations and share the ideas with classmates.
  • Students learn a hand-clapping game that requires one to concentrate by remembering the rhythm that was just clapped. Use this method with vocabulary terms, math facts, or other academic materials under study.