This
is a strategic card game that
increases students' mental computation speed.
Four
children play at one time.
One
judge checks their additions and sets a time limit on each play.
Use
a regular deck of cards .
Each
numbered card retains its value.
Face
cards are worth 10, aces are 1 and the joker can be any number from 1
to 9.
Before
beginning play, students choose
a secret "magic number" (example: 51).
Three
cards are dealt to each player.
Stack
the other cards face down on the table.
The
first player draws a card from the stack.
This
player checks his or her hand to see if the numerical value of the four
cards adds up to the magic number.
If
the four cards total the magic
number, the student says, "Math is Great!"
The
player then shows the cards to the judge for approval.
If
the answer is approved by the judge, the player then places his or her
4 cards face down, nearby.
The
student then draws four more cards from the stack.
If
the player's cards do not total the
magic number, he or she discards one card and play continues.
Strategies
the children use in choosing
their discards demonstrate their mental
addition skills.
