Math Games with a Deck of Cards - Math Coach's Corner


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.  You’ll need to copy it double-sided and then fold and staple it.  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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