Oh 2020, you are a weird one. Many teachers all over the country are currently teaching in some sort of “different” way than they are used to. Many are teaching remotely through a computer screen while others are in the classroom with or without masks and many are required to socially distance while in the class!
My two math games for distance learning today are geared towards those in the classroom but need to socially distance!
If you’ve been around awhile, you know that I love using card and dice games in the classroom because cards and dice are cheap and the games are FUN! There are so many math skills you can teach with cards and dice. I created a whole playlist of card games for kids here on YouTube that I add to all the time >>> Card Games for the Classroom.
Before I dive into these games here in this blog post, you can actually watch the games in action in my YouTube video below:
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Flip to 50
The first card game is as simple as it sounds. To play, students need to split a deck of cards and a piece of scrap paper (and counters if needed). Sitting across from one another, students will take turns flipping one card at a time and writing it down on their scrap paper. As they continue to take turns flipping, students add on to the number they had first. The first student to get to 50 wins! I also make all the face cards 10 for the purpose of this game!
It is very simple, but I like it because every time students shuffle their deck of cards it because a “new” game as the numbers are in a different order. You can also play this game as “Roll to 50” with a die and students can play the exact same way but with one die.
Who doesn’t love a good game of BINGO? This one is easy to play while remaining socially distant because students simply sit at their own desks and create their own BINGO grid. To play this, you will remove all the face cards and then students will make a 4×4 grid face-up in front of them. The rest of the cards go in the call pile. The “caller” can be you, the teacher, or it could be a student. They will simply flip the extra cards one at a time calling them out and if a student has that number, they will turn it face-down in their grid. The first student to get 4-in-a-row horizontally, vertically, or diagonally is the winner!
This game is great to play whole group or in small groups!
Do you have any other fun games that you can play with a deck of cards?! Leave them in the comments below!
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