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Math Games with a Deck of Cards

Parents and teachers are looking for ways that students can practice important math skills at home, and the solution needs to be both engaging and easy to prepare. What could be simpler than playing math games with ordinary playing cards?

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In scouring the Internet for ideas, I came across the website of an organization called the Positive Engagement Project (PEP). It’s a nonprofit organization whose mission is “To get students positively engaged in active learning while getting ourselves and others positively engaged with schools and communities.”

On their website, they have a downloadable booklet called Acing Math. It is 69 pages of games, for grades K through 6, that can be played with a standard deck of cards. It’s an amazing resource.

I wanted to choose games that would be appropriate for 3rd through 5th graders, so I reformatted a selection of games from their e-book and made them into a booklet format. Of course, I included a credit and link to their website.

You can download my booklet format here.ย  You’ll need to copy it double-sided and then fold and staple it.ย  Be sure to visit PEP’s website for other great resources and spread the word!

Like this? Check out this post for a booklet on math games with a pair of dice!

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    1. That’s seriously my favorite type of comment, Sabra! So glad to be able to share something that will save other teachers time and help all of our kiddos enjoy math more!

    1. I need a t-shirt that says, “Will create resources for sweet comments!” Ha ha. Thanks so much, Michelle.

  1. This is so awesome thank you Donna! It’s so great to see addition and multiplication activities and various ways I can incorporate this into my year 8 to 12 classes! I LOVE it! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liz – BaysideMathTeacher

    1. Thanks, Liz! I think it’s a fun assortment of games. My kiddos played the I Spy games today, and they were a big hit.

  2. What a great resource to share with students and families. I plan to give these to each of my students and have them play at home as well as at school. Thank you!

  3. I look so forward to receiving your newsletter!! There are so many awesome math ideas and activities. Thank you for generously sharing!!!

  4. For some reason I am unable to open the card and dice game booklets. Is there another way I can get a copy? Thanks


  5. Thanks for sharing! I love playing math games with tools or objects that the children may also have at home so they are more apt to play.

  6. I love your booklet!
    Is there a limit to the number of copies I can print? I would like to send a copy of the booklet along with a deck of cards to all students in grades K-4 for summer. Thanks!

    1. Sheri, the booklet contains games for a range of grade levels. Some are definitely appropriate for 2nd grade!

  7. Thank you so much for this resource! Our school is having a Math Night with students and their families. I’m giving out decks of cards and having stations with card games students can play with their families at home. This will be great to send home with them!

  8. I love this resource! I have the exact resource, but in a teacher format. It’s nice to have the booklet so that I can use that for students to take home. Fabulous!!

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