Ian McCall has designed two wonderful exercises that are great practice for younger children and fun for kids of all ages. We were quite taken with his Clover Patch Search game, where you browse among square photos to find the clovers, and maybe even a four-leaf clover!
You can offer this as a Take 5 activity, a fun reward for a job well done and some free time to spare. If you have a Smart Board or projector, have a little competition to see who can find clovers the fastest. Consider assigning names to each of the grid spaces so students can call out the location of a find. Here’s one way to do so:
- Visit the Clover Search game by clicking here.
- Resize your browser window to create even rows and columns of clovers. Setting the game for 24 clovers means you can have 6×5 columns, or 5×6, 8×3, or even 16×2. Have your students choose, and ask them if a particular configuration is easier for them when clover hunting.
- Name the columns in order: A, B, C, D, E…
- Name the rows in order: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5…
- Put the game up on a display so the whole class can see. The second column, third row down would be “B3” and so on, making easy for students to specify a location.
The main page for the site also includes links to “searching tips” and a fun geotagging map where people have “tagged” clovers they found. Finally, Mr. McCall also has a beautiful matching game that uses some very clover-esque aerial photos of Kansas crops, Random Kansas Farm Generator. Find the match for the featured photo among several similar photos. It’s another great game to play solo or with a group.
Play the Random Kansas Farm Generator matching game here.
Play the Clover Patch search game here.