Beyond Roots and Beyond Roots II
How to Play
Match more root word cards with their corresponding English cards than your opponent.
- Beyond Roots or Beyond Roots II card deck
- Paper and pencil for scoring
Each deck of cards contains three different sets of cards:
- Set 1,
- Set 2, and
- Set 3.
Once you have worked with each set separately (and taken the corresponding Learning Gates quizzes), you can combine the sets and play each game using two sets or using all of the cards.
- Shuffle all of the cards in the set.
- Deal 4 cards facedown to each player. Place the remaining cards facedown between the two players. This is the draw pile.
- Take one card from the draw pile, turn it face up, and place it beside the draw pile. This is the discard pile.
- Players pick up their cards without letting the other player see them.
The youngest player goes first. On their turns, players take one card from the draw pile and then can do ONE of the following:
- If they have a valid match in their hand, they announce the match (such as “I have matched “pre” with “before”) and put the matching cards face up beside them.
- If they have a match with the card in the discard pile, they can pick up the card, announce the match, and put the matching cards face up beside them.
- They can ask their opponent for a specific card. If they have the root card, they must ask for the corresponding English card. If they have the English card, they must ask for the corresponding root card. They can spell out or write down the root word as needed. For example, a player with “pre” would ask for the “before” card, and vice versa. Players can use the matching symbols to confirm the match. If the match is correct, the player takes the matching cards. If the match is not correct, no match is made and the turn is over.
- At the end of the turn, the player must place a card in the discard pile, and then it is the other player’s turn.
- When a player has run out of cards, the game is over. The player with the most matches wins.
- Players should be forgiving of small mistakes or requests that are close but not exact. For example, a player with “micro” may ask for “tiny” instead of “small,” or a player with “sound” may ask for “phone” instead of “phon.”
- Use two sets or all three sets of cards for the game. If you are using two sets, deal each player five cards. If you are using all three sets, deal each player seven cards.
- In the advanced version, on their turns players can make multiple matches from their hand and then either take the card from the discard pile or ask their opponent for a card.