see also


Suitable For Student Survival Kit
The Survival Kit Notebook Basic things you need to know about surviving college
Life Skills 101 All about dealing with everyday matters (Please email more for this topic)
Resume Basic

Resume template

Resume Executive A worksheet on how Analogue works compared to Digital
Big_Words see also (Big Words web page)

Shows various computing career paths on a colour chart

Commonly Confused Words (web page) Don't write the wrong word
Design Principles.doc Shows students the components of design and explains their use in documents
SC016_Grammar Explains various meanings in grammar and syntax
Nouns_and_Adjectives.doc (web page) An explanation of Nouns in the English Language
Digital images basics.doc Vector v's raster images and Student Exercises
Evaluation Individual.doc A self evaluation template for completion of a task
Glossary for Exams.xls A list of words commonly used in school exams
Glossary Technology Exams.xls A list of words commonly used Computing in school exams
Jokes Clean fun jokes to cheer you up
Journals PJF Howto.doc How to create a student journal with samples
Lesson Plan Template.doc A Basic lesson plan template used in Applied Information Technology
Quizzes Lots of quizzes for quiz nights or various topics like Music, History, Gen Knowlege
State of a Village A World as a village
Storyboard Template.doc Graphics storyboard
Things to do chart.doc Simple template for planning tasks

SCAMPER a fun card game for clever people




A fun game for all ages, By Kirkby/Faulks

Game rules

Scamper: Is a game of cards where you need to make melds of sets (3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 of a kind etc.)  or runs of  3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8  of the same suit.  (As required for each round). Then discard all your cards to go out, players left with cards in hand count up the total and their score is tallied for each round. The player with the lowest score wins. Each round is different in set and run requirements.

The Decks: A minimum of two players is required however you can play any reasonable number of players  from 2 to 10. A minimum of two decks is required. Each deck has 52 cards and two Jokers. Basically, you need two decks for every two people playing. As you run out of cards in the pickup deck you can add another deck to the game or replay the round. (see: continuing play)

2-3  players 2 packs all cards plus 2 jokers

4-5  players 3 packs all cards plus 2 jokers

5-6  players 3 packs all cards plus 2 jokers

7-8  players 4 packs all cards plus 2 jokers

plus (2 packs for every additional 2 players)


Players deal for dealer = highest deals first then in sequence left to right.  (Jokers and Two's don't count for highest dealer), equal highest players draw again till one is decided. (First dealer receives - 20 off their score). Players are dealt eight cards for each round, the remaining pile is placed face down on the table, the top one is revealed as the discard card, the first player may pick this up or pass this card onto the player on their left (if passed on, then the receiving player is also given another card from the top of the pile face down). The player in play now picks up the next top pile card. But must then discard one card.


The player in play then takes a card for his/her turn. Once the initial meld is made for that round, the player (who's turn it is) in play can lay down their meld for that round if they have achieved and at the end of their turn discards one card he/she doesn't want. But must do this BEFORE playing a discard card. Any initial melds must be made before discarding a card. Once a card is discarded the round for that player ends, if a challenge is made it MUST be made before the next player plays. If found to be an incorrect play, the player is penalised additional 50 points, and the player MUST pick up the cards, if however the challenger is incorrect the challenger is penalised an additional 20 points.


Players make melds in sequence, acording to the round being played, the Ace is high   i.e. Ace, King Queen.


Advanced play  The Ace can only be used as high, deuces and jokers are wild.


All runs must be in suit, if you use wild cards:- you must have more natural cards than wild cards:-


A run, straight or sequence is a combination of playing cards where cards have consecutive rank values.


3 A  run of 3 can be all natural in the same suit in sequence or 2 natural and 1 wild card
4 A  run of 4 can be all natural in the same suit in sequence or 3 natural and 1 wild card
5 A  run of 5 can be all natural in the same suit in sequence or 3 natural and 2 wild cards
6 A  run of 6 can be all natural in the same suit in sequence or 4 natural and 2 wild cards
7 A  run of 7 can be all natural in the same suit in sequence or 4 natural and 3 wild cards
8 A  run of 8 can be all natural in the same suit in sequence or 5 natural and 3 wild cards

A set or group in card games is a scoring combination consisting of three or more playing cards of the same rank


3 A  set of 3 can be all natural in rank   or 2 natural and 1 wild card
4 A  set of 4 can be all natural in rank   or 3 natural and 1 wild card
5 A  set of 5 can be all natural   in rank or 3 natural and 2 wild cards
6 A  set of 6 can be all natural in rank   or 4 natural and 2 wild cards
7 A  set of 7 can be all natural in rank   or 4 natural and 3 wild cards
8 A  set of 8 can be all natural in rank   or 5 natural and 3 wild cards



Note: in a set the wild 2 can also be used as a natural card.


You cannot discard wild cards, or jokers you can use a deuce as a natural two in a run in its suit (i.e. 2, 3, 4 diamonds, or As in set of 8 could be 2,3,4,5,6 in Diamonds and 3 wild cards) but you cannot lay down three deuces as a set of three. 


Once melded you can add as many deuces or jokers to the run, or other player's melds of sets or runs and players can exchange natural cards for wild cards once they have made their meld and can add new sequences (sets or runs) once they are down, you can maintain the natural card to wild card ratio but normally once a meld is made any number of wild cards can be played for any pair or adding to other completed melds.  i.e. you can put 3 wild cards a on any run that has been put down or on any set that includes 2 natural cards.


Once a player has laid down their meld they cannot pick it back up or change their hand.  Players in turn can change wild cards from other players' hands but not from their own melds.


Once melded the player can immediately create more sets and runs, on their own or other player melds, however they must also discard one card (not a wild card) for the next player.  If going out however a wild card can be the last card discarded. Once the round is conclude the scores are tallied and added to previous scores and the next person in line deals the next round. Cards are shuffled and the next player deals, (If the player deals exactly the correct number of cards including the face card -20 is deducted for their score). However if there is a miss deal 20 is added to their score.


At no time can other players assist other players or advise which cards are available, if a player misses a pick up that is just tough luck! Penalty for offering advice is 20 points added to their score.


Players can go out (Scamper) at any time so long as they complete all melds and have a discard card (in this instance a wild card can be use as a discarded card).


Continuing play:  If all the cards are used and the last player cannot go out with a discard card, the game is forfeited and a replay of the round must be replayed. (Frustrating for players that are down but can't go out). You can add another pack if you wish but decide which rule to apply before the game commences.


Held cards (cards are not counted for any for melds already down) are added up for remaining players and tallied on the score sheet. After the all the rounds have all been played the lowest score wins.


Card scores

Joker                50 points each

Deuces              20 points each

Ace                   20 points each

King to 8            10 points each

7 to 3                  5 points each


Player with the lowest score after ten rounds wins, players can nominate how many rounds to use.

Players can suggest new combinations of melds. However 10 rounds is sufficient for about one hours play.


Sequence: players can lay down more than the required minimum.
Round one 2 Sets of 3  2 sets (minimum 3 in sequence)
Round two 2 Runs of 3  2 runs (minimum 3 of a kind each)
Round three 1 Set of 3 & 1 Run of 4 1 set of 3 (minimum 3 of a kind) and 1 run of 4 
Round four 3 Sets of 3 3 sets of 3 (minimum 3 of a kind each)
Round five 1 Set of 3 & 1 Run of 5  1 set of 3 (minimum 3 of a kind) and 1 run of 5
Round six 2 Sets of 3 & 1 Run of 4 2 sets of 3 (minimum 3 of a kind) and 1 run of 4
Round seven 1 Set of 3 & 1 Run of 7 1 set of 3 (minimum 3 of a kind) and 1 run of 7
Round eight 1 Run 4 & 1 Run of 5 1 run of 4 and 1 run of 5
Round nine 1 Run of 8   1 run of 8  
Round ten 1 Set of 8 1 set of 8  



John Kirkby & Peter Faulks

Email: pfaulks@westnet.com.au   Web: http://peterfaulks.net/Teaching/survival.htm

download Scamper rules



Remember: You don't stop laughing because you grow old, You grow old because you stop laughing.


I start a new job in Seoul next week. I thought it was a good Korea move  

I was driving this morning when I saw an RAC (AA) van parked up. The driver was sobbing uncontrollably and looked very miserable. I thought to myself, that guy's heading for a breakdown.

My neighbour knocked on my door at 2:30am this morning, can you believe that, 2:30am?! Luckily for him I was still up playing my bagpipes.

I was explaining to my wife last night that when you die you get reincarnated but must come back as a different creature. She said she would like to come back as a cow. I said you're obviously not listening.

The wife has been missing a week now. Police said to prepare for the worst. So I have been to the charity shop to get all her clothes back.

The wife was counting all the 1p's and 2p's out on the kitchen table when she suddenly got very angry and started shouting and crying for no reason. I thought to myself, "She's going through the change."

When I was in the pub I heard a couple of plonkers saying that they wouldn't feel safe on an aircraft if they knew the pilot was a woman. What a pair of sexist pigs. I mean, it's not as if she'd have to reverse the blooming thing

Local police hunting the 'knitting needle nutter', who has stabbed six people in the village in the last 48 hours, believe the attacker could be following some kind of pattern.

An old woman was driving down the Freeway knitting whilst she drove, a police motorcycle cop came along side and shouted "Pull Over", "No its a Cardigan" she said but thanks for asking!

A man was having an affair with a married woman when she heard her husband arriving home early, "duck behind the curtains" she said to her lover boy, her husband appeared and a few minutes later the idiot lover called out "there's no duck behind these curtains".

I bought some 'rocket salad' yesterday but it went off before I could eat it!

Just got back from my mate's funeral. He died after being hit on the head with a tennis ball. It was a lovely service. 

Murphy says to Paddy, "What ya talkin into an envelope for?" "I'm sending a voicemail ya fool!"

I went to the cemetery yesterday to lay some flowers on a grave. As I was standing there I noticed 4 grave diggers walking about with a coffin. 3 hours later and they're still walking about with it. I thought to myself, they've lost the plot!

Statistically, 6 out of 7 dwarfs are not Happy.

My uncle swallowed a bottle of varnish and died last week the vicar said he had a horrible death but lovely finish.


My memory's not as sharp as it used to be. Also, my memory's not as sharp as it used to be.



Golf Balls in a Jar of Life


A professor stood before his Philosophy 101 class and had some items in

front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large

and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.


He then asked the students if the jar was full? They agreed that it was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the

jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the

open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the

jar was full. They agreed it was.


The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.

Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He then asked once more if

the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous - - yes.


The professor then produced two cans of beer from under the table and

proceeded to pour the entire contents in to the jar effectively filling

the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

"Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to

recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the

important things - - your family, your partner, your health, your children,

your friends, your favorite passions - - things that if everything else was

lost and only they remained, your life would still be full."


"The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house,

your car.


The sand is everything else - - the small stuff."


"If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room

for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for your life. If you

spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have

room for the things that are important to you.


Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out dancing. Play another 18 holes of golf.


There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner

party and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first - - the

things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."


One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer



The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that

no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of




This is a collection of files I gave to my Year 12 Leavers

It is called The Student Survival Kit

English Survival
For Exams
For Fun



Links to other survival kits

Birmingham University Kit

Sensible Viewer Survival Kit

Applied Information Technology * AITStage1 * AITStage2 * AITStage3 * Cert II Business * Cert II Information Technology * Multimedia

Subjects * Art * Computing * English * Geography * Hass * History * Mathematics

Miscellaneous * Acronyms * Accreditation * ICT_Homework * Naplan * Lessons * Quizzes * Relief Lessons * Proverbs * Sayings * Simile

Exams & Tests * Student Survival Kit * Web quests * Worksheets * Home Page * Peters Site * Soccer



Explanation for Student Compendium
File Includes
a shortened form of a word or phrase. ANU - Australian National University
An acronym is a pronounceable word formed from the first letter (or first few letters) of each word in a phrase or title. Sometimes, the newly combined letters create a new word that becomes a part of everyday language. An example of this is the acronym radar.
a word naming an attribute of a noun, such as sweet, red, or technical. Adjectives are words that describe or modify other words * Priest = Sacerdotal

Types of animals, Sounds the make, Where do they live, Collective names of animals

Apes - gibber, Camel live in Australia, Sahara & Arabia, names = Bull - is called a heifer

a word opposite in meaning to another (e.g. bad - good ).

Opposites = Absent - present

SC005_Big_Words for small
Small word with big word alternative Anger - Dudgeon * bold - Audacious

a feature or quality belonging typically to a person, place, or thing and serving to identify them

A partner in crime - accomplice

Words pertaining to the church

A passage between the pews in a church - Aisle


Similar sounding words with different meanings

Council, an administrative or advisory body, do not confuse with counsel, advice or guidance. also Homonyms

Names given to certain towns or countries includes facts about climate

Aberdeen - The Granite City The Torrid Zone has the hottest climate Zinc - Mexico, U.S.A., Spain

SC013 Death Words pertaining to

Words pertaining to death

Occurring after death - posthumous


A diminutive person is short and small. A diminutive wordis a "cute" version of a word or name: for example, "duckling" is a diminutive of "duck" and Billy is a diminutive form of the name William

Cask - casket   


Famous world discoveries of countries continents, includes Australian discoverers

Matthew Flinders -discovered Bass Strait. * Lord Robert Baden-Powell founded the Boy Scouts in 1908


Explanation of a word, words in literal expressions denote what they mean according to common or dictionary usage

Aloof -To keep to oneself and not mix with others.


Gender list of male female

Actor - Actress


Countries of the world and Geographical facts

The Circumference of the earth is approxinmately 24,800 miles.


List of gods and goddesses

War - Mars


Australian and UK government with words denoting government

Australian Government


Explains grammar syntax and verbs adjectives nouns etc.

Explains various uses of nouns verbs etc.


The art of living together includes senses, elements, cardinal numbers, cardinal virtues

THE ART OF LIVING - Consideration for the feelings of others


Alphabetical list of the most important inventions

Clock (pendulum) - Christian Huygens

SC019_Kings_Queens of UK

List of kings and queens of Britain with facts and information

EGBERT 827 - 839


Practical list of  words explained in a sentence or phrase

A book in which the events of each day are recorded - Diary


Words pertaining to marriage included anniversary gifts

A hater of marriage - misogamist


Medical terms in use today

A disease confined to a particular district or place - endemic

SC044_Metaphors Metaphor is a figure of speech that makes an implicit, implied, or hidden comparison between two things that are unrelated

Sounds that things make, description of various venues or habitats, special calendar dates, Aussie slang words,

All Fools' Day - 1st April - Aussie slang - sounds that things make etc.


Explanation of nouns, COMMON Nouns, PROPER Nouns, COLLECTIVE  Nouns and ABSTRACT Nouns.

sit - seat (when to use Nouns)


Names of persons or things, occupations, and a description of word meanings i.e. Terrestrial = Earth

Various names explained Bird of night - Owl


Words connected to nature

A four-footed animal - quadruped


a word or statement that expresses denial, disagreement, or refusal

That which cannot be pierced or penetrated - impenetrable


Numbers of animals things i.e. A number of Cattle = herd

A number of fish taken in a net - catch, haul


a person or thing that is totally different from or the reverse of someone or something else.

Unable to read - il-literate

SC030_Patron Saints

List of Patron Saints

St. George of England, St. Andrew of Scotland


A list of places A place where bees are kept = apiary

A place where fishes are kept - aquarium


The case which is used to show possession is called the possessive case or genitive case. In case of nouns, an apostrophe is used to show it.

Is the case which denotes the owner or possessor

SC045_Phobias Noctiphobia - Fear of the night

List of various professions

The commander of a fleet - Admiral


Words to use as a Simile which is a phrase that describes one thing in terms of another.  A simile usually begins with like or as.

Archates - a good friend * Belt = to hit below the belt


Famous proverbs A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

A bad beginning makes a good ending.


Famous sayings

as a drowned rat. - as ancient as the sun—as the stars.


List of words used in Science or Art

An instrument for detecting earthquakes - seismograph


Explanation of scientific items like barometer

The science of land management - agronomics


The seven wonders of the ancient world with explanations

The Pyramids of Egypt


List of words or phrases that has the same or nearly the same meaning as another 

abandon....... desert, forsake, leave.


Words used in war

Nations carrying on warfare - belligerents


Wedding anniversaries

7th year—Copper or Brass


Words shown in noun or verb

strong - strengthen


Special days, Aussies slang and any other items not covered in this list

Any other items that might be of interest


Using images to convey messages

Metaphor is a figure of speech that makes an implicit, implied, or hidden comparison between two things that are unrelated


A list of Phobias that cover a range of topics

Noctiphobia - Fear of the night

Occurring after death - posthumous

Understanding words, Incorrect Use of Words,

Thesaurus of Words
Thesaurus - abandon = abandoned, abandoning, abandonment, abandons affluent =having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value,words explained and incorrect use of words


Various saying  like as drowned as a rat

as afraid as a grasshopper.








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