Teach Through A Deck of Cards: Make Ten

Teach Through A Deck of Cards: Make Ten

Age level: Early Elementary
Description: I use card games a lot with my students. In fact, I always have a deck of cards in my bag. Today’s card game is a simple addition game that’s great for your students who are becoming independent with single-digit addition.
Each player gets five cards. In the center, 7 cards are laid out face up as Addends. The rest of the cards are placed face down as the Draw Pile.  Players take turns. On your turn, you draw a card. Your goal is to use one of your cards and one Addend to add up to ten. You get to pick up both cards and keep them. You replace the Addend from the draw pile. Then discard. The next player can choose from the draw pile or from the discard pile to begin their turn. Continue until there are no more cards in the Draw Pile and no more ways to add up to ten. If a player runs out of cards in their hand, they pick up five more from the Draw Pile at the beginning of their next turn. The player with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
Modifications: There are many ways to modify this game, so I’m just going to focus on the two modifications I use the most. If your student does not have the tolerance to play a game for a long time, I change the rules, so players DO NOT draw from the draw pile to begin their turn. The first person to run out of their initial five cards wins the game. To make the game more difficult, I change the rules so the student can use as many cards as they want to equal ten. Some students are really motivated to try to figure out how to use 3-5 cards to get up to ten, because they get to keep all of those cards.
Skills: Single-digit addition
Pros: Simple to play. Simple to modify. A nice way to change up addition practice. For some of my older elementary school students who are still working on basic math skills, they are more motivated to play with a regular deck of cards because they don’t feel it’s “babyish.”
Cons: There’s no permanent product at the end as evidence of the child’s progress.
Cost: Free (unless you don’t own a deck of cards…) Should I buy this? If you don’t have a deck of cards, you should buy one! There are so many great games out there, and there will be many more listed here.
ABLLS: R9
VB-MAPP: N/A

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