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Many of you will be winding down with the end of the school year and today I have some games that could be perfect for this time of year!

Did you know that a simple deck of playing cards can be a fantastic math resource?

There
are loads of math games that can be played with an inexpensive deck of cards.

These
games will get students adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing and
comparing numbers and even fractions.

One
of the best things about math card games is that children see them as a game and don’t
consider themselves to be ‘doing math’ while they play.

Here
are three of my favorite games below.

Each
game is played with the picture cards removed and Aces are valued at 1.

__Race to 27__
This game has players adding
cards until they reach 27.

2 - 4
players

Deal out all of the cards to the
players. Players put their cards into a pile in front of themselves with cards
face down.

The first player turns over their
top card and places it in the center.

The next player turns over their
top card placing it on top of the first card. This player adds the value of the
two cards and tells everyone the total.

The next player does the same
adding the value of their card to the previous total.

Play continues until the total
reaches 27 or over. The player who puts down the card that takes the total to
27 or over takes all of the cards in this pile and shuffles them into their
pile.

Play
continues for a set time or until one player has no cards left.

The
winner is the person with the most cards.

For
a more advanced version you can play Race to 50 or Race to 100.

__Fraction Draw__
This game has players create and
compare fractions.

2 - 4
players

Shuffle cards and place them face
down in a pile in the center of the players.

Each player draws two cards from
the center pile. (Or someone can deal two cards to each player.)

Players create a fraction by placing
one card above the other with the smallest valued card placed on the
top.

All of the fractions are compared
and the player with the largest fraction wins the round and keeps their cards.

The other players return their
cards to the pile which is shuffled and placed in the center.

Each player keeps adding the
value of the cards they have won until one player reaches 50 and becomes the
winner.

(HINT: Fractions can be compared
by using a calculator to divide the top number by the bottom number or by using
a fraction model.)

__Flip Three__
This is a memory style card game with a
twist. Players make equations from the three cards that they flip over.

2-4 players

The cards are all placed in rows
face down.

Players take turns to flip over
three cards and attempt to make an equation using the three cards. The equation
can be an addition, subtraction, multiplication or division, e.g. 3+3=6, 8-5=3,
2x1=2, 10÷2=5.

If the player can make an
equation they keep the cards. If they can’t make an equation the cards are
flipped back over in the same place.

Continue playing until only 7
cards remain. The winner is the player who has the most cards.

Well I hope these games are enough to get you started dealing up some fun in math.

If you'd like more math games ideas or printables, make sure you visit my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

These games are great. i loved fraction draw. Also, I came across this another card game "Monkey Fractions". It is so much fun for kids. Check it out on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MDK9VVY

ReplyDeleteDo you play the flip three game with all the cards in the deck?

ReplyDeleteYou remove the face cards!

DeleteI played with my students. We used the following conditions.

DeleteA=1

J=11

Q=12

K=13

Awesome games. I too will play these games at my math center.

ReplyDeleteMy 8th grade students loved flip three. Thanks for the great ideas.

ReplyDeleteI use rules from common card games to make games on my website. Many are free, some require membership (free with an email signup). teachwithgames.com, if okay to post that???

ReplyDeleteGreat resource! We play the "Forty Flapper" (Harry Potter themed...think Hedwig haha) which is similar to the "Race to 27" except it goes to 40 to help my 2nd graders add with regrouping! Give me a simple deck of cards over a worksheet any day! Thanks for this post!

ReplyDeleteGreat ideas. Thank you!

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