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  • nimrand
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Apples to Apples
« on: November 18, 2013, 08:42:50 am »
So, I found out recently that I have $600 or so to spend on software/books/board games before the end of the year.  I'm thinking about buying some copies of apples-to-apples.  My classroom is arranged into 5 tables of 6, so I thought I'd buy 5 copies of the game.  I wasn't sure which version I should buy, however.  Would the regular Apples-to-Apples be too high for intermediate students?  Would Apples to Apples Jr be too simple for advanced students?  I could get a mix, but most of my classes are leveled, so that wouldn't be ideal either.  What do you recommend?


Re: Apples to Apples
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2013, 08:46:00 am »
My advanced students had some trouble with some of the Apples Jr. words, so I think the original game might be too difficult. Keep in mind that there are a lot of cultural references on the cards that they just won't get either.

I'd go with Apples to Apples Jr.
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  • shanemac
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Re: Apples to Apples
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2013, 08:56:01 am »
My advanced students had some trouble with some of the Apples Jr. words, so I think the original game might be too difficult. Keep in mind that there are a lot of cultural references on the cards that they just won't get either.

I'd go with Apples to Apples Jr.

Second this. I used Apples to Apples Junior in my after school class (high school) and some of the words were too difficult. The normal one would be quite confusing to them. Junior is your best bet. It's fun. And they still learn new vocab too.


  • nimrand
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Re: Apples to Apples
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2013, 08:58:21 am »
Great.  Thanks for the feedback.  I haven't played the game too much, and it was quite a while ago, so I really wasn't sure of the difficulty level.


  • nimrand
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Re: Apples to Apples
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2013, 09:01:34 am »
Followup Question: Is there a Korean/English bilingual version (I heard of there being a Japanese bilingual version)?  If so, what does that mean.  Do the cards have both the English and Korean versions of the word on them, or is the rules just written in Korean?  Since I'm ordering online, is there an easy way to tell if the version I'm ordering is bilingual or not?


  • shanemac
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Re: Apples to Apples
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2013, 09:20:19 am »
The ones in my school are English. Even the instructions are in English too. I haven't heard of a bilingual one but we have scrabble here with Korean instructions so maybe it's possible to get what you're looking for.

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  • nimrand
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Re: Apples to Apples
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2013, 02:24:22 pm »
The ones in my school are English. Even the instructions are in English too. I haven't heard of a bilingual one but we have scrabble here with Korean instructions so maybe it's possible to get what you're looking for.

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Yeah, haven't found anything about it on Google, so I'm not sure it exists.  It would be nice to have Korean instructions, but I'll just order what is likely the English version off of Gmarket.


  • jclarkwriter
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Re: Apples to Apples
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2013, 10:02:09 am »
Hi! Hopefully you haven't already ordered.

I'm using Apples to Apples Kids 7+ in my after school classes.

It was a little confusing/too high level for my 3rd graders, but my 6th graders picked it up well and know most of the vocabulary.

I also sorted through the cards and removed the ones that I was pretty sure they wouldn't know.

I'd highly recommend "kids."


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Re: Apples to Apples
« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2013, 10:14:24 am »
Hi! Hopefully you haven't already ordered.

I'm using Apples to Apples Kids 7+ in my after school classes.

It was a little confusing/too high level for my 3rd graders, but my 6th graders picked it up well and know most of the vocabulary.

I also sorted through the cards and removed the ones that I was pretty sure they wouldn't know.

I'd highly recommend "kids."

I second this. I did the exact same thing. I have junior as well, but it's too hard. "Kids" works just great and does have some challenging words as well if you play it with middle school or high school. Just pick them out if it's elementary.


  • jlehmke
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Re: Apples to Apples
« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2013, 10:40:10 am »
I teach middle school. 

Do the students like the game?

How do you let them play before they get bored?

I found that last year, I gave them time to play board games at camp (because I had my electronics malfunction) but they got really bored with the board games and weren't really into it.  (Also, it took a long time to set some of them up and for them to understand the directions.)
 
I havent tried Apples to Apples with them yet... so just kind of wondering how it would go down I guess.


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Re: Apples to Apples
« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2013, 01:56:13 pm »
I teach middle school. 

Do the students like the game?

How do you let them play before they get bored?

I found that last year, I gave them time to play board games at camp (because I had my electronics malfunction) but they got really bored with the board games and weren't really into it.  (Also, it took a long time to set some of them up and for them to understand the directions.)
 
I havent tried Apples to Apples with them yet... so just kind of wondering how it would go down I guess.

I only use it with after school, where we all sit together and play together. I can't imagine it working with different groups without supervision/explanation.

I played it with my old middle school as well, but again, it was a camp and there were only 6 students.


Re: Apples to Apples
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2014, 03:02:51 pm »
My 5th graders really loved the Apples to Apples Kids version this past winter camp...I did have to explain a few things to them; my recommendation is to pick out most of the cartoon character cards first.
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Re: Apples to Apples
« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2014, 11:05:02 am »
I have Apples to Apples Junior that I play with my high schoolers. I think the problem with the regular version is not advanced vocabulary so much as it is that is has so many American/western cultural references that the kids would be super confused by. Therefore the versions for younger kids are better. It's more educational and more fun for them.

I played Apples to Apples Junior with my winter camp kids one day when class ended too early and they loved it so I'm going to play it with them again as a regularly scheduled class activity. After the first game one student even borrowed the game to play over the weekend!

Before I played with the students I had them pull out their smartphones and we talked about effective ways to look up words they don't know (ex: "You know the red cards are nouns, so you can try an image search").


Re: Apples to Apples
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2014, 09:21:53 am »
Many thanx for this.  They loved it


Re: Apples to Apples
« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2014, 01:54:21 pm »
Don't know if people knew about this, but one of the users created an awesome power point version of Apples to Apples that can be modified to meet any level.

http://www.waygook.org/index.php/topic,30531.msg212261.html#msg212261


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Re: Apples to Apples
« Reply #15 on: April 02, 2014, 11:13:41 am »
I've used both the normal and the Junior versions of the game with my intermediate to high level middle school students. The normal version was pretty much over everyone's heads, especially the pop culture/historical references.

They enjoyed the Junior version far more! I would definitely go with the Junior for our purposes!
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