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Learning & Loving It: “I Spy” Math Card Game

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LRC Learning & Loving It "I Spy" math card activity
 

I Spy

About:

  • Second grade and higher
  • 2 or more players
  • Students will recognize numbers and practice addition
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    Supplies:

    One deck of playing cards
     

    Activity Overview

    In this game, face cards will equal 10. Aces will either be worth one or 11; decide this before you begin play.
     
    Goal: To use addition skills and number sense to recognize the equation that equals a specific number.
     
    1. Deal out all of the cards, face up, in a 13 x 4 array.
    2. Player 1 finds two cards next to each other, vertically or horizontally, to add to make a number. They do not share the two cards, just the number of their sum.
    “I spy two cards with a sum of…”
    3. Player 2 looks for the two cards that equal the sum that Player 1 named.
    4. Player 2 will take those two cards once they find them.
    5. Players will alternate, taking turns.
    6. After many turns, the array can be reformed to continue play.
    7. Players continue until there are no more equations that can be made.
     
    Variation: Play the game with multiplication instead of addition for advanced learners.
    “I spy two cards with a product of…”
     
     
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    Learning & Loving It: Give Me Ten Math Card Game

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    Give me ten math card game
     

    Give Me Ten

    About:

  • First grade and older
  • 2 or more players
  • Students will recognize numbers and practice basic addition
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    Supplies:

    One deck of playing cards

    Activity Overview

    Remove all face cards before playing. Aces are worth one.
     
    Objective: Players will take turns finding and removing combinations of cards that add to 10.
     
    1. Deal 10 cards face up.
    2. From the 10 cards, Player 1 will try to find as many card combinations (using two cards) that will add to 10.
    3. When there are no more combinations left, Player 1 will keep all of the cards used for their equations.
    4. If there is a 10 card, the player will take that card as well.
    5. Replace the cards that were removed so that there are ten cards face up again.
    6. Player 2 will take their turn.
    7. Alternate turns until a player reaches the decided score (1 card=1 point).
     
    The player with the most cards/points wins.
     
    Variation: Find three cards that add up to a target number (such as 20).
     
     
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    Learning & Loving It: Hit the Target Math Card Game

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    Hit the Target Math Card Game
     

    Hit the Target

    About:

  • Second grade and up
  • 2 or more players
  • Students will recognize numbers and practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and/or division
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    Supplies:

    One deck of playing cards
     

    Activity Overview

    In this game, face cards will equal 10. Aces will either be worth one or 11; decide this before you begin play.
     
    Goal: To use as many of the five cards to equal the target number each round–at least two must be used or the player will lose their turn.
     
    1. Lay out five cards face up.
    2. Flip the next card, which will be the target number card for that round.
    3. Player 1 may add, subtract, multiply or divide using cards from the five to hit the target number.
    4. Player 1 will take all of the cards from their equations plus the target number card.
    5. Replace cards by flipping over five new ones and a new target number card for Player 2.
    6. Player 2 takes their turn.
    7. Players take turns until fewer than six cards remain.
     
    The player with the most cards wins.
     
     
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    Learning & Loving It: Math Card Games Part 3

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    Try this final game in our “Math Cards” series!

     
    LRC LLI Math Cards Greatest Number
     

    The Greatest Number

    About:

  • Third grade and up
  • 2 or more players
  • Students will recognize numbers, practice putting them in order from greatest to least, and identify place value.
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    Supplies:

    One deck of playing cards (with face cards removed)
     

    Activity Overview

    1. One player deals the cards evenly between the players. Players place their cards in a stack facedown in front of them.
    2. Each player turns over four cards.
    3. Players arrange their cards to make the greatest possible four-digit number.
    4. Players read their numbers aloud and decide which number is greater.
    5. The player with the greatest number wins all the cards from that round and places them in a separate pile.
    6. Play continues until all the cards have been used.
    7. The player with the most cards in their pile wins the game.
     
    Variation: Use three or five cards to create the number with the greatest value for lower or higher levels. Try creating the number with the least value instead.
     
     
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    Learning & Loving It: Math Card Games Part 2

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    Try these two games in our “Math Cards” series!

     
    LRC LLI Math Cards What is the value
     

    What’s the Value?

    About:

  • For grades kindergarten through second
  • 1-2 players
  • Students will recognize numbers and practice counting as well as addition or subtraction if older.
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    Supplies:

    One deck of playing cards (with face cards removed); manipulatives (ex. beads, pennies, skittles, etc.)
     

    Activity Overview

    1. Have the first student turn over a card.
    2. The student will then count out the number of manipulatives represented by the number on the card.
    3. If there are two players, the second player takes their turn.
     
    Variation: Each player can also state the difference (subtraction), sum (addition) or product (multiplication), adding or removing tokens to reflect the amount, on their turn.
     
     
    LRC LLI Math Cards Card Countdown
     

    Card Countdown

    About:

  • For second grade and older
  • 2 players
  • Students will build automaticity with subtraction.
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    Supplies:

    Two decks of playing cards (without face cards); pencil; Card Countdown Sheet
     

    Activity Overview

    1. Each player takes a deck of cards. Players stack their cards face down.
    2. At the same time, players draw the top card from their piles.
    3. Players record their own number in the subtract column on the countdown sheet.
    4. They then subtract the value from 100 and record the difference at the top of the “=” column.
    5. Players continue to draw cards, subtract and record answers, working as quickly and accurately as possible at their own pace.
    6. Continue until either both reach zero or a negative number or, if racing, until the first player reaches zero or a negative number.
     
     
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