Classical Historian Games

The Classical Historian has produced some supplemental history resources that are useful whether or not you are using other Classical Historian curricula.

Go Fish

classical historian go fishGo Fish Card Games in your choice of Ancient History, Medieval History, American History, U.S. Presidents, or Constitution can be used to play either Go Fish or Collect the Cards. Each deck has 12 categories with four related cards per category. With Go Fish, players try to collect cards by categories. For Collect the Cards, players use a series of three hints on each card for a quiz/review game. History cards can also be used to play Chronology (arranging cards in time sequence) or Geography (organizing cards by geographical area).

Cards are beautifully illustrated, color-coded, and numbered. Card decks come packaged with a small booklet that explains the rules, but this booklet is also loaded with further information regarding each card. For example, while U.S. Presidents cards list three key pieces of information, the booklet has a lengthy paragraph about each president.

Click here for a YouTube video showing how the games work.

Memory Games

classical historian memoryThree memory games for Ancient History, Medieval History, and American History are patterned after popular memory games with paired sets of square cards. These games are recommended for ages five to ten, and each game has 48 cards (24 pairs). The cards highlight key, people places, and events from each time period—the same as those on the Go Fish Card games. While the games will probably be most useful for younger students, older students might use individual cards as review prompts, perhaps providing an explanation of each card as it is drawn.

Pricing Information

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Go Fish Card Decks: $11.99 each
Memory games: $14.99
See the publisher's website for bundle prices.

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  • Need For Parent or Teacher Instruction: varies
  • Learning Environment: one-on-one or small group
  • Grade Level: grades 1-5
  • Educational Methods: memorization, interactive, game
  • Educational Approaches: unschooling or relaxed homeschooling, eclectic, classical
  • Religious Perspective: neutral

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