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

Learning & Loving It is a series featuring simple, yet fun educational activities for home learning and virtual, interactive tutoring.

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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: Twister Game

    Learning & Loving It is a series featuring simple, yet fun educational activities for home learning and virtual, interactive tutoring.

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    A Spin on Twister

    Add a layer of learning to classic games that you already own. For this activity, we’ll add a math “spin” to the classic game of Twister. When students are fully engaged, they are learning, and by using games they already love, it makes it easy to add enrichment or reinforcement of basic skills.
     

    Supplies: Twister board game (mat & spinner; could also make your own with online spinner and colored paper for dots), paper & marker to write numbers
     

    Putting it together

      1. Set out the game mat, and grab the spinner
      2. Grab four sheets of paper (red, blue, yellow, green to match game colors)
      3. Select four numbers for player/s to create math facts from and write one number on each piece of paper

     

    How to Play

      1. Spin the wheel
      2. Designate a number to correspond with each color (ex. Red 12, Blue 10, Yellow 9, Green 11)
      3. Before placing a hand/foot on board, player will call out a basic math fact that corresponds to color’s number (Use: +, -, x, / depending on player’s level) (ex. 9+3=12 for red)

     

    Variations

    • Set flashcards on each Twister dot; Student will answer the fact before placing their hand/foot on board
    • For intermediate or middle school students, ask them to create an equation with three numbers (ex. for red: (5×3)-3=12 )

     
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