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The games I had had really gotten stale with the kids. It's no secret that gambling is very popular in Chinese culture. I decided to try a game that might have some appeal to my $money$ obsessed Taiwanese students. This one is easy.
1. Split the class into two teams, and on the whiteboard alot each team a ridiculous sum of money ($100,000, or whatever). My kids like US dollars. Explain Odd/Even. (eg. Odd= 1,3,5,7,9 Even=2,4,6,8,10)
2. Starting with one team, ask a student a skill testing question; pertinent to the lessons you've been teaching
3. If the student answers correctly, they can place a bet on ODD or EVEN. (eg. $50,000 on odd.)
4. If you've got a die, have the student roll. If they placed their bet correctly they win(duh). If you don't have a die handy, don't worry. Tell the student that on three he/she will show 0,1,2,3,4, or five fingers. Teacher does the same. Is the sum Odd or Even?
5.Have the other team do the same.
The great thing about this game is that you can end it whenever you have to. Most money wins. Some of my gamblers get a little overzealous, so I let each team establish a $100, 000 line of credit. It's a drag that it takes appealing to one's sense of greed to get students excited about a game, but what do you want? They like it!!! Charlie in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

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