Hi there! It's Tara from 180 Days and Counting. Seeing that the school year is quickly approaching for some and in full swing for others; I thought I would share 3 fun math games that can be played with a deck of cards. Each of these games comes from the book, Mega-Fun Card-Game Math 1-3, by Scholastic. I was lucky enough to purchase this book during Scholastic's Dollar Deal Days. That's right! I got this for one buck! The games are easily aligned with the Common Core standards and require little to no prep! All you need are directions and a deck of cards...VOILA...one math center planned! Talk about an easy way to ease back into math! After reading the games, scroll down for two free recording sheets!!

__FIND YOUR PLACE VALUE__

**Materials:**

1 shuffled deck of cards with tens and face cards removed

**can be played with or without aces** (aces = 1)

**How to Play:**

*One player deals the cards evenly among the players.

*Players place their cards in a stack facedown in front of them.

*Each player turns over 3 cards. Each player arranges his or her cards to make the greatest possible

three-digit number.

*Each player reads his or her number aloud. The player with the greatest number wins all of the

cards from that round and places them in a separate pile.

*Play continues until all cards have been used.

*The player with the most cards at the end of the game wins!

**Aligned with:**

2.NBT.1 Understand that the three digits of a three-digit number represent amounts of hundreds,

tens, and ones.

2.NBT.3 Read and write numbers to 1000 using base-ten numerals, number names, and

expanded form.

2.NBT.4 Compare two three-digit numbers based on meanings of the hundreds, tens, and ones

digits, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons.

__EVEN AND ODD SUMS__

**Materials:**

1 shuffled deck of cards with face cards removed

**can be played with or without aces** (aces = 1)

Even and Odd Game Sheet, one per player

pencil

**How to Play:**

*One player stacks the cards facedown in a pile.

*Each player takes a pencil and a game sheet.

*Each player takes two cards from the pile and identifies the number on each as either even or odd.

*Each player adds the numbers on the two cards and says whether the sum is even or odd.

*On the score sheet, each player records the numbers and whether they are even or odd. Each player

records the sum and whether it is even or odd. Cards are placed in a discard pile.

*Play continues in the same way until all cards have been drawn.

*Players write even or odd to make the equations "true" at the bottom of their recording sheet.

*The player with the most even sums (or odd) sums is the winner. Players can decide, in advance,

how to win.

**Aligned with:**

2.OA.2 Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies.

2.OA.3 Determine whether a group of objects (up to 20) has an odd or even number of

members, e.g., by pairing objects or counting them by 2s; write an equation to express an even number as a sum of two equal addends.

__CARD COMBOS__

**Materials:**

1 shuffled deck of cards with face cards removed

**can be played with or without aces** (aces = 1)

Card Combo Game Sheet, one per player

pencil

**How to Play:**

*Each player takes a pencil and a game sheet (or each player can number a sheet of paper from 1 to 20)

*One player stacks the cards facedown in a pile.

*The object is to be the first player to cross off all of the numbers on his or her game sheet.

*To take a turn, a player turns over the top two cards (for example, a 4 and a 5). The player can make either an addition problem or a subtraction problem with the cards (4 + 5 = 9 or 5 - 4 = 1). The player decides which operation to use, and marks off the answer to the problem on the game sheet. The player places the two cards in a discard pile.

(NOTE: A player may not be able to cross off a number on every turn because numbers may already be crossed off.)

*When all of the cards in the pile have been used, a player shuffles the cards in the discard pile and those cards are reused.

*Players take turns until one player wins by crossing off all of his or her numbers.

**Aligned with:**

2.OA.2 Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies.

CLICK ON EITHER PICTURE TO DOWNLOAD THE FREE RECORDING SHEETS.

Thanks for listening to my rambles!

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