November 10, 2014

Addition & Subtraction War

Do your kids need some extra practice with addition and subtraction?
Mine always do!

Here's an easy game to teach your kids that can easily be switched from addition to subtraction once they know how to play the game.

What you need:
a deck of playing cards
Yes, that's it!

To start, I removed all of the face cards and the joker.

Addition War:
Students play with a partner.
1) Cut the card deck in half, one for each partner.
2) Both partners flip over 2 cards.
3) Cover largest number with one hand.
4) Beginning with that number, add by counting on.
5) The player with the highest sum wins.
Play until all the cards have been used. The player with the most cards at the end is the winner!

Change it up!

Subtraction War:
Students play with a partner.
1) Cut the card deck in half, one for each partner.
2) Both partners flip over 2 cards.
3) Cover largest number with one hand.
4) Beginning with that number, subtract by counting backwards.
5) The player with the highest largest difference wins.
Play until all the cards have been used. The player with the most cards at the end is the winner!

2 comments:

  1. I love math with playing cards! I have used them to reinforce adding, subtraction, multiplication, and positive and negative numbers... The kids love the games!

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