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Accounting Basics - Cribbingo

Developed by Susan M. Moncada, Ph.D., CPA, Professor of Accounting, Indiana State University
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Accounting is the language of business. As a result students must grasp the vocabulary associated with the discipline to have a fundamental understanding of financial reporting. This activity is a combination of the five-card Cribbage game and the board game Bingo. It makes use of game theory as an alternate way to cover content that would typically be part of a lecture. Cribbingo fosters class participation by making learning fun. In addition, the Cribbingo lecture can be adapted to classes taught in many disciplines, including the sciences and world languages.

Learning Goals

As a result of completing this activity, students should be able to:

Context for Use

  1. During the class prior to the Cribbingo Lecture, students are informed that instead of having a lecture on the next chapter, they will be playing Cribbingo. Students are to read and study the assigned chapter and be prepared to answer questions during the next class period. Depending on the class size, everyone will be asked at least one question.

  2. Instructor prepares questions that correspond with the content to be covered in class. I have my Accounting Basics questions in a PowerPoint presentation with the answers located in the notes that accompany each slide (file attached below). If the PowerPoint questions are to be provided to students prior to class, the answers should be deleted from the note pages. Each student in the class is asked at least one question. The instructor elaborates on the student's response if necessary.

Description and Teaching Materials

Teaching Notes and Tips

How to play Cribbingo
  1. Instructor asks a question. When a student responds correctly a card is turned over from the deck of cards. Students, who have the playing card displayed on their Cribbingo board, place an X over the image of the card.
  2. When a student does not know the correct answer, the question passes to the person to the right (or left, depending on the layout of the room). The person who answers a passed question correctly, gets to peg 1 point on the Cribbage board. If the question is passed twice, the person answering it, pegs two points, etc.
  3. When students have a Cribbingo (5 cards in a row), they declare "Cribbingo" and are given a prize or bonus points.
    • Cribbingo can only be achieved with five cards in a row, vertically, horizontally, or diagonally.
    • Students also peg (fill-in) the points earned from the cribbage hand that forms the bingo sequence on the cribbage pegboard displayed at the bottom of each Cribbingo card.
    • The point values of each cribbage hand have been included at the top of each vertical row and to the right of each horizontal row. The points for a diagonal Cribbingo can be found near the upper left and upper right corners of each cribbage card.
  4. To record the bonus points awarded, the instructor can place a check mark next to the students' names on the class roster every time they declare "Cribbingo." The total bonus points awarded can be tallied after class. As an alternative, students could be required to place their names on their Cribbingo worksheets and submit them at the end of class.
  5. Play continues with the same card. As a result a student may declare "Cribbingo" more than once. Every time "Cribbingo" is declared, the winners are given a prize or bonus points. In addition, they add their additional Cribbingo points to the amount previously recorded on the Cribbage pegboard. At the end of the class time, the student with the most "Cribbingo" points receives a grand prize or bonus points.
Determining Points per Cribbage hand:
Card Combinations and Points Earned.


The activity itself is a type of formative assessment. Concepts included in this activity are assessed on a unit examination.

References and Resources

Cribbage rules

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