With school upon us once again–mostly in person this time!–I thought this would be a good opportunity to offer FREE sets of my Match It Data Visualization card game to educators. I’ve used the game myself to teach 4th, 5th, and 6th graders about different kinds of graphs, charts, and diagrams. I have found it a great way to engage the kids in a fun and competitive way.

There are several ways to play with Match It Game. The simplest version is a fast-paced version where you give each player a single card and leave the rest face up in a stack in the middle of the table. Each player then turns their card over and tries to match one of the graphs on their card to the middle card. The player quickly takes that card and everyone tries to match an icon on their card to the center card. The game continues until the middle stack is empty and the person with the most cards wins.

If you teach K-12th grade in the continental US (sorry, international shipping is super expensive), head over to this Google Form and tell me where and what you teach, and you’ll be entered into a random drawing. I’ll send you 5 decks of the game plus a few other PolicyViz goodies. I’ll reach out to winners to confirm you do teach in one of these grades.

If you use the game in your classroom and are willing to share with me how it worked–how the kids used the game, whether they enjoyed it, and whether they learned from it–I’d love to talk more with you.

And if you’re interested in more materials to help teach data, data science, and data visualization to kids, check out the Data4Kids project I helped create late last year. All sorts of great stuff there that we are still working on and hoping to expand in the coming months.