JUDGE READS TO STUDENTS: (Do not read numbers or phrases in parenthesis.)

1. You will have two minutes to think and two minutes to respond. You may ask the judges questions during your thinking time; however, time continues. No other talking is allowed.

2. You will receive one point for each common response. Highly creative or humorous responses will receive five points. This will be a subjective opinion of the judge and the judge's decision is final.

3. A number had been placed before each of you. That is your assigned number. A stack of cards appears before you. When time begins, the judge will turn over the first card. The team member whose number corresponds to the card number will give a response.

4. After a team member gives a response, he or she will turn over the next card. That team member will respond, and so on. You may not skip your turn, nor repeat, not pass.

5. Once the time begins, it will not be stopped. If the judge asks you to repeat or to clarify your answer, it counts against your time. Speak loudly and clearly.


Name as many things as you can that have layers. Tell what has layers and what those layers are. For example, you could say a wall has layers of bricks.

(Repeat #5, YOUR PROBLEM IS: )

"BEGIN" (Judge starts timer).


Be sure to give exactly two minutes to think and two minutes to respond. Timing is critical. Students responding at the buzzer can finish and be scored.

You should have a numbered card on the table in front of each team member. (This can be taped down.) Arrange the response cards in the following order: 3,4,5,1,2,4,3,2,4,1,2,1,3,4,5,3,5,2,1,4,5,3,4,1,2,3,5,2,1,4,2,4,3,5,1 (These may be fastened in a calendar-type hold to keep them in the same order for every team.)

If the team goes through all the cards, flip them back to starting order and allow them to continue until time expires.

You should repeat the problem for each team. You may answer questions during the two minutes thinking period, but time continues.

Score: One point for each common response and five points for each creative.

Common Responses
: Onions have layers of tissue (peel), newspapers have layers of pages, my desk has layers of books, a duck has layers of feathers, and so forth.

Creative responses: Unusual or humorous layering: People have layers of emotions, a poem has layers of meaning, a chicken farm has chickens (layers of eggs), Zsa Zsa Gabor has layers of make-up, etc.


ŠL.Love 2002