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Old Bear - Young Bear


Students will be able to match definitions with bear vocabulary words and play a survival game.


Students play a game using word/definition cards with a set of rules for play.


Background: Terms from glossary used in the discussion of bears.

Panda bear


  1. Cover general rules
    1. Object to make matches and get rid of cards to avoid getting points
    2. Establish a dealer
    3. Pass the deal after each round
    4. Limit play time
    5. Until someone reaches 100, or at the end of specific time period
    6. Player with the lowest points wins
    7. Matches can be made and placed on the table during player's turn only, except after the initial deal
  2. Shuffle and deal all cards (number received will vary)
  3. Examine cards for matching pairs. Lay pairs on table, face up, and read to the group for an accuracy check.
  4. Play resumes with the person to the left of the dealer. He/she draws a card from the person on his/her right. If a match is made, the cards are placed face up and read again.
  5. Play continues clockwise until someone has depleted his hand by making matches.
  6. Each person with cards left counts and tallies his points.
    Old bear = (+ 13) Young bear = (-5) Unmatched cards = (+1)


Use cards to play other games such as Concentration, Rummy, others designed by students.


Display vocabulary mastery or a test. Use vocabulary appropriate to bear discussions.

Many thanks to Idaho Fish and Game and Project WILD for all of their help in this project. Information for this site developed from "WILD ABOUT BEARS", and is copyrighted by Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Idaho Project WILD. Permission obtained and granted to use this material for educational purposes. Photographic images were provided by the Department of Fish and Game and various other sources.

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