I am currently working with my Kinders on the numbers to 10. My goal is for them to recognize numbers, count with one-to-one correspondence, count on, order, compare,and compose and decompose the numbers. That’s a lot of standards, but they are all related. I love engaging my students with games, and card games are a huge favorite. I love to dazzle the kiddos with my amazing shuffling skills, which are the result of many, many games of solitaire long before it was a computerized game! I made a set of cards showing the numerals from 1 to 10 and domino patterns representing the numbers to 10. During the past week, I have used these cards in a variety of ways that touched on a number of standards.
First, I laid the numeral cards down totally out of order. I told the kiddos that I wanted them to put the numbers in order. That’s a fairly standard activity, so I put a problem solving twist on it. On each player’s turn they could swap two cards. This sounds easy, but this was actually pretty tricky for the kiddos. They really had to think about it. After each move, the students had to explain why they chose to swap those particular cards. For example, in the picture below, if a student swapped the 4 and 1 cards, they might have explained that they wanted the 1 to be the first card or that the 4 should go before the 5. Students have a very difficult time with before and after, so this was a great way to practice.
The cards can also be used for a game of Memory. Make a smaller deck of twelve cards of six matching pairs. Lay the cards out in a 3 x 4 array. Players turn over two cards. If the cards match, the player takes both cards. If they don’t match, the player turns the cards face-down in their original position. Play continues until all matching pairs are collected.