Link it! Tips

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When you sort your cards look for wars.  There are only six wars in Cycle 4.

  1. War of Spanish Succession or Queen Anne’s War
  2. French and Indian War
  3. American Revolutionary War
  4. French Revolution
  5. War of 1812
  6. US Civil War

Find as many wars as you can and sort them in chronological order.

When you defend your cards and you only have a few wars you may place them on the board if you can place it in the general order and name the war before or after the one you are placing on the board.  For example:  If you have the American Revolutionary War you may place it toward the middle of the board and state that it would come after the French and Indian War.



Look for all of your dates while sorting.  You may place dates on the board in the first round.  Keep space between the dates and leave extra space if you have two dates that are far apart.  For example, if you have 1700 – 1740 and 1781 leave quite a bit of space  while placing them on the board.

Bible, and Science, Inventions and Scientists, Bible, and Principles

These are almost free cards!  If you have these and just one card to place under them you can add them in any round.  For example, if you have Bible, you’ll be able to start a new topic of Bible and then add any verses.  Remember, when you add a bible verse you must either state the whole verse, not just the card in your hand, or place the whole verse on the board.

Speed Rounds and Home Link it!


1.Set up the game as usual. Students may play individually, as teams, or against a parent.

2.All players place their links at the same time as quickly as possible. The player to play all of their cards first is awarded 5 points.

3.When the last player has finished playing every card possible, all players are given 2 minutes to challenge links. To make a challenge, place a small sticky note, slip of paper, or bingo chip on the card. (You can give each player different color paper or chips to know who is making the challenge.)

4.Starting at the top of the playing area and moving clockwise, the first challenged card will be judged. The player who played the card will have 3 seconds to defend the link. The parent acts as moderator. If the link is accepted the player making the challenge loses a point. If the link is not accepted, the player who made the challenge gains a point. Continue until all challenged cards are judged. Each player may challenge up to 5 cards.

5.Players receive 1 point for each card that was correctly linked. Add points for links to any points earned or lost challenging links and for points for finishing first. The player or team with the most points wins.

Home Links

Why Link it! Challenge?

Welcome to Eden Hope Academy’s  Link it! Challenge. 

Link it! Challenge is a fun, fast-paced game that teaches students critical thinking skills.  Students match cards using information from EHA videos, music, class time, and their own research. 

Teams are given cards from the current and all previous weeks and three minutes to sort their cards.  Sorting is the first critical thinking skill.  Will the teams choose to sort in categories of science, history, geography… or will they choose individuals and their achievements, or alphabetically?  It is always interesting to see students’ decision making in practice.  Teams also choose their order of representatives during this three minutes.  Each team member must be included in the rotation of representative.  Teams that quickly choose representative order and concentrate on sorting tend to be stronger than teams that bicker over representatives.

The Moderator places one card on the board (generally a large area of floor) and starts the game.  The first team’s representative approaches the board with links to the card.  He or she quickly defends each of their team’s links.  “George Washington worked with Betsey Ross to create the first flag of our country, George Washington crossed the Delaware River on Christmas Eve in one of the decisive battles of the American Revolution…”  The defenses should be said quickly.

Each team has three seconds to approach the board for their turn.  If they linger longer than three seconds they forfeit that round.   Teams may link to any of the cards on the board or start one new link each round from the approved new link list.  The team with the least amount of cards at the close of the game wins.

Why Link it! Challenge?  EHA’s goal is to create thinkers.  Link it! Challenge forces thinking.  Students cannot memorize a list and feel like they’ve accomplished something, they must understand history, science, art, and Bible and be able to apply it.  Once they can apply these principles and events in the game, they can easily apply them to their lives. 

Science Cards that Must be Linked

De Gusma

  • Lighter than air airship

Water Cycle Terms Include:
•  Precipitation
•  Evaporation (and transpiration)
•  Condensation

The six largest lakes in the US are:
•  Lake Huron
•  Lake Ontario
•  Lake Michigan
•  Lake Erie
•  Lake Superior
•  Great Salt Lake

Types of lightening include:
•  Ground to Cloud
•  Cloud to Ground Positive
•  Intracloud

Deserts in the US include:
•  Chihuahuan
• Great Basin
• Mojave
• Sonoran
• Yp
• Channeled Scablands

Types of Clouds include:
• Cirrus
• Cirrostratus
• Altostratus
• Altocumulus
• Cumulus
• Stratus
• Stratocumulus

Types of storms include:
•  Blizzard
•  Derecho
•  Flood
•  Hail
•  Hurricane
•  Ice
•  Lightening
•  Thunder
•  Tornado
•  Tropical

Louis Braille
•  He invented a universal system for reading and writing for blind or visually impaired people

History Cards that Must be Linked

Declaration of Independence
1.  We hold these truths to be self-evident,
2.  that all men are created equal,
3.  that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
4.  that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
5.  That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men,
6.  deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,
7.  That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends,
8.  it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,
9.  and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form,
10  as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

US  Constitution
1.  We the people of the United States,
2.  in Order to form a more perfect Union,
3.  establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility,
4.  provide for the common defense,
5.  promote the general Welfare,
6.  and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,
7.  do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Bill of Rights
1.  Freedom of Speech
2.  The right of the people to bear arms
3.  No quartering of soldiers
4.  No unreasonable search and seizure
5.  Right to a Grand Jury
6.  Right to a speedy trial
7.  Right to a trial by jury
8.  No excessive bail, fines, or cruel and unusual punishment
9.  The Constitution cannot be used to cancel these rights
10.  States’ rights

The Star Spangled Banner
1.  Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
2.  What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
3.  Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
4.  O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
5.  And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
6.  Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there
7.  Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
8.  O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

The Gettysburg Address
1.  Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation,
2.  conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
3.  Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.
4.  We are met on a great battle-field of that war.
5.  We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that nation might live.
6.  It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
7.  Abraham Lincoln, November 19, 1863

Three Branches of US Government:
•  Executive
•  Legislative
•  Judicial


Bible Verses that Must be Linked

All Bible verses must be in order.

By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life.  Proverbs 22:4

May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, And fulfill all your purpose. We will rejoice in your salvation, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners! May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.  Psalm 20 4-5

Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand. Psalm 20:6

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God. They have bowed down and fallen; but we have risen and stand upright. Save, Lord! May the King answer us when we call. Psalm 20, 7-9

But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”   Joshua 24:15

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me  wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land. Jeremiah 29:11, NIV

Only fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully with all your heart.   For consider what great things He has done for you. 1 Samuel 12:24

Train up a child in the way he should go,  and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6, NIV

Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.   Matthew 6:1, NIV

Do not say, “I will recompense evil” Wait for the Lord, and He will save you. Proverbs 20:22

Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.   Matthew 6:1, NIV

So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others.  Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret.  Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.  Matthew 6:2-4

and when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.   Matthew 6:5-7, NIV

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.  Matthew 14-15, NIV

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21

No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. Matthew 6:24, NIV

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?   Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? Matthew 6:25-27

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.   But seek first His kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Matthew 6:31-33

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.   In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.  Matthew 5:14

You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.  Matthew 5:43, NIV

He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get?  Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:45-48, NIV



Unacceptable Links

Unacceptable Links:

1.  Gender:   Cards may not be linked because people are of the same gender.
Unacceptable: William Penn and John Hancock are both men.
Unacceptable:  Harriet Tubman and Abigail Adams were both women.

2.  General Similarity:   Cards may not be linked for similarities that apply to large groups of people.
Unacceptable: Moses and Jesus are in the Bible.
Unacceptable: Harriet Beecher Stowe and Betsy Ross are from America.

3.  General Geography:    Cards may not be linked geographically if the link applies to a large area of the world.
Unacceptable: Manassas, Virginia and Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee are both in the United States.
Acceptable: Manassas, Virginia and Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee were both battle sites during the Civil War.

4.  Incorrect Links:  Cards may not be linked if they are historically inaccurate.  Unacceptable:  The Angels of the Battlefield included Molly Pitcher.   (Molly PItcher was active in the Revolutionary War and the name Angels of the Battlefield was not coined until the Civil War) Unacceptable:  1701 and the Civil War.  (The Civil War was not fought until 1861)




Acceptable Links

Acceptable Links:

1.  Chronological—Cards may be linked in the order in which they happened in history.  Example: South Carolina secedes from the Union—US Civil War Begins—Second Battle of Bull Run—Battles of Shiloh—Battle of Gettysburg—Atlanta March to thScreen Shot 2016-07-12 at 11.45.19 AMe Sea—General Grant Surrenders Appomattox Court House, Virginia.

2. Event/Subject—Cards may be linked around an event or subject.
Example: John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and John Adams are all signers of the Declaration of Independence from Massachusetts.

3.  Specific Similarity—Cards may be linked by a specific similarity in the person or event.
Example: Sam Houston and William Penn have major locations in the United States named after them.

4.  Philosophy/Motivation—Cards may be linked for following or demonstrating similar philosophies or motivations.  Example—George Washington and Czar Peter the Great of Russia led their countries with courage and innovation.  Students must give examples if
using Philosophy/Motivation.

5.  Answers to a Prompt or Question—Cards may be linked to answer a prompt like “Three Types of Lightening” or “The Declaration of Independence.”

6.  Geography—Cards may be linked if they occurred at a specific location.  Example:  Gold Rush and California.

7.  EHA Principles — Cards may be linked to an EHA principle if the student  can cite how they relate.  Example:  “I want to be so dependent on God that  I am independent of the world” and George Mueller.  The student must state that Mueller trusted God everyday to provide for the orphans under his  care and did not beg or ask for money.

8.  Multiple Cards Per Round —  Teams may link to several cards on the
board.  Example:  George Washington may be linked with the Constitution and
Nevada may be linked with Reno.

9.  Out of Order Links —  Cards may be placed with gaps for other cards IF the student
can name the cards that are PRIOR to the card they are placing and they leave gaps for missing cards.