Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Workshop Wednesday: Card Games

Time for another Workshop Wednesday with Jivey!
Today's Topic: Math Card Games!

There are two different games that I have taught my students that they love.

The first one: Addition War!

It's play like regular war. Two (or three!) students slap down cards, and the first one to add them up (correctly!) gets to keep the cards. It's a good way to get aromaticity with their addition facts (and yes, we still need to practice that in 4th grade.).

The second one is Multiplication War!

It's played just like addition war, but they multiply the numbers instead.

For both of these games, I tell the kids that all of the face cards are worth 11.

My kids LOVE it when I put this into their center for math rotations (usually when I don't have another center prepared I think they need a refresher on their facts).

They love it so much, that sometimes I need to take it away because they get so excited and noisy that it makes the group working with me not concentrate on me!

Quick, easy, low-prep yet fun...what more could you ask from a center?!

What are some of you favorite card games to do with kids?

Smiles and Sunshine,


  1. War is always a great way to keep them doing math while they think they are just playing a game! :-P Thanks for linking up! :)
    ideas by jivey

  2. Quick easy and low prep is a great combination! :) Especially when kids are engaged and having so much fun (I agree sometimes it is too much fun that noise levels get very high!!)

    PS I am your newest follower!

    Learning to the Core

  3. My kids love playing War as well. I've started to make my own war cards for every unit we cover! It is a favorite!

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  4. Ha Ha Ha, I just linked up the same game! Guess I should have read your post first LOL! War is a favorite in my classroom also!

    Wild About Fifth Grade

  5. I haven't met a student yet that doesn't love to play multiplication war. This is always a great way for students to practice their facts.

    Foreman Teaches


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