S-H-G-P-O Bingo

You stare down at your card. You’re one slot away from a straight line through the center. The only opening left? “Deficit.” The teacher reads, “Sudden property loss caused by theft, accident or natural causes.” Do you raise your hand and declare “Bingo”? Not if you’ve read the Accounting Glossary closely; in which case you’d know that this definition goes with the phrase “casualty loss.” This fast-paced game, played with the included cards or your own versions, will strengthen students’ grasp of some basic accounting terminology while giving them a fun incentive to comprehend each definition completely.

Prepare the game by printing enough of the included Bingo cards for each of your students. You can also print and cut out the Bingo chips included with this exercise, or give each student a small handful of durable, inexpensive items (pennies would work).

Then read the definitions – not the words themselves, just the definitions – one by one from your initial list of terms, checking each one off as you go. As a student recognizes a definition that goes with one of the spaces on his or her card, he or she places an item over that tile. The first student to complete a vertical, horizontal or diagonal row of filled tiles, or to complete all four corners of the card, wins. However, the winner’s card must be checked against your list of items that have been read aloud. If one of the card's filled spaces corresponds to a definition that hasn’t come up yet, all tiles are removed and the student must start over.

You can adjust difficulty of the game by choosing trickier or simpler terms, or by omitting easily confused terms. If class time is limited, make the game go more quickly by making the center square “free,” and letting students cover the four corners at the game’s beginning.

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