Texas GEAR UP Get a Life Game

 
The idea of learning through play is certainly nothing new. Neither is the fact that college graduates make more money on average than their non-university peers. When students are having fun, they retain valuable information—for instance, exactly how much a degree will help them out in the future—and TXGU’s Get a Life game provides both in spades.
 
Fairmont State GEAR UP in West Virginia originally developed the Get a Life game to give their graduates-to-be a taste of what life will be like either with or without a college degree when it comes to employment opportunities, chances for living-space advancement, and taking care of life’s little wallet-based peaks and valleys. The team at Bryan ISD GEAR UP learned about the game—hey, it’s hard to keep something so positive under wraps—and had great success in using it with their cohort. They passed the word on to us, and in an inspiring show of interstate GEAR UP generosity, our new Mountain State friends happily granted us permission to adapt the game to Texan costs of living. GEAR UP resource-sharing for the win!
 
Now the Get a Life game has been officially edited for you to share with your own students. You’ll take over a big space in the school, maybe invite some parents or community members to lend a hand, then let the fun (and learning) begin! After they receive their individual college-based or no-college-based job cards, the game will take your students through a series of real-world situations that could come straight out of any adult professional’s life—all illustrating the differences between going through life with a college degree versus only a high school diploma. (Learning to navigate situations like supporting kids or discovering the risks of bare-bones auto insurance is infinitely better in a game world).
 
We’ve got all the cool-looking game elements you’ll need to get started, so hit up your local print shop to get your students playing for their lives. Our prediction? You’ll love watching them learn just as much as you’ll love the life lessons themselves.
Ready to help your students navigate a practice run of their real-world finances from the safety of their school? Keep calm and game on.

Get A Life Game Videos

To make life extra easy, watch these bonus videos that explain exactly how to play the game from start to finish.

Game Instructions

Station Materials: Banners

Each of the eight stations has a 2‘x4’ banner to hang from the station table to identify it. It is recommended that these be professionally printed on banner paper or vinyl. Click each banner to download. 

Station Materials: Cards

Dr. Bucks • Print and cut one full set of cards, front and back (16 cards total)
Click on each card (front and back) to download. 
     
 
Fingers Crossed Insurance • Print and cut enough cards for every player
Click on each card (front and back) to download. 
     
 
Green Reaper • Print and cut one full set of cards, front and back (32 cards total)
Click on each card (front and back) to download. 
 
 
Who Am I?
• Print and cut one full set of COLLEGE cards, front and back (56 cards total)
Click on each card (front and back) to download. 

 
 
• Print and cut one full set of NO COLLEGE cards, front and back (56 cards total)
Click on each card (front and back) to download. 
 
• **If you have a small amount of players, you may want to only print as many Who Am I? cards as players instead of needlessly printing the full sets.**

Station Materials: Documents

Checklist (front) & Expense Ledger (back) • Print and cut enough of these for each player, front and back.
 
 
 
Station Sheets • Print one set (each station is included in the set).
 
 
Guzzler’s Gas Station - Gas Prices • Print one copy for the station.
 
 
Real World Realty - House/Apartment Listing • Print one copy for the station.
 
 
Sweet Rides Auto - Vehicle Listing • Print one copy for the station.

Discussion Guide

Facilitators should use the following discussion guide to have a conversation with students about lessons learned from playing Texas GEAR UP’s Get a Life game