With Jane and Joanne
Grades 1 - 3
- numbers to 20
- addition and subtraction to 20
- Grades 1 - 2: playing cards Ace (= 1) through 5
- Grades 2 - 3: playing cards Ace (= 1) through 9
- paper and pencil
Each player makes a gameboard that looks like this:
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Each player begins the game at number 10 on their gameboard. The goal of the game is to get to 20 or 0.
Each player turns over one card from the deck of cards. That number determines the number of spaces the player can move on their gameboard.
- If Player 1 draws an odd-numbered card, he must subtract and move backward from his current place on the gameboard. He must move back (left) the number of spaces indicated on the card.
- If Player 2 draws an even-numbered card, she must add and move forward from her current place on the gameboard. She must move ahead (right) the same number of spaces indicated on the card.
The first player to reach a score of exactly 20 or zero is the winner.
Teachers can use this game to introduce the concepts of number lines and number lining.
More About Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks
Joanne Currah and Jane Felling
created their company, BOX CARS & ONE-EYED JACKS, for the sole purpose of making math fun -- not threatening
or frustrating -- for children. Joanne and Jane spend many days each year on the road as they train
teachers to make math fun for kids and run Family Math Nights at schools. To learn more about the authors,
their books, and the services they provide, visit them at www.boxcarsandoneeyedjacks.com
or email them at [email protected].
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