Comparing Numbers {Using Cards!}

 

Elfie!

Elfie!

 

I mean…. this might be the best sweater I’ve ever seen. We have a spirit week coming up and one of the day is “Holiday Sweater Day”. I found this sweater at JC Penney’s and I  dragged  had my husband go check it out with me. I LOVE it and can’t wait to wear it next week!

Cards for Comparing Numbers

Cards for Comparing Numbers

A few weeks ago, one of our WONDERFUL class volunteers donated a bunch of playing card packs to our classroom. There are so many things you can do with cards, but since we are working on comparing numbers, I thought of a simple {and fun} game to help us practice this skill!

Cards for Comparing Numbers

Cards for Comparing Numbers

The game was simple. The kids put the deck of cards in the middle of them and then took turns pulling two cards each. They used the cards to form a two digit number. In the above picture, you can see he pulled a 6 and a 4, making the numbers 64.

Cards for Comparing Numbers

Cards for Comparing Numbers

After they’ve both made a number, they compared them. The student who had the GREATER number got to take all 4 cards. The student who had the most cards when the deck ran out was the winner!

Cards for Comparing Numbers

Cards for Comparing Numbers

We didn’t use any of the face cards, or the 10 card. You could use the ten to make larger numbers and you could give the face cards a value.

There are lots of ways to differentiate this game. On Monday, we will play this again, but this time, they will win if they had the “less than” number. You could also have the kids pull two cards and arrange them either way to try to win.  I had my kids put their cards in the order they pulled them. So if they pulled a 6 first and then a 4, they made 64. But you could have them decide where to put each number to form a number that would win. {i.e. They could form 64 or 46 with their cards to try to win the game}

It was really fun for them, simple to play, and helped them practice the skill of comparing numbers!

 

 

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