With Jane and Joanne
Grades 3 and up
- multiplication facts to 81
Players divide all the cards evenly among themselves. Each player turns over two cards and multiplies them. The player with the largest product collects all four cards.
- Player 1 draws the cards 5 and 7. She multiplies the numbers for a product of 35.
- Player 2 draws the cards 4 and 9. He multiplies the numbers for a product of 36.
- Player 2 has the highest product, so he wins all four cards.
In the event of a tie (each player's cards result in the same product), each player deals three more cards face down. Then two more cards are turned up. The players multiply the numbers on those two cards. The player whose cards result in the largest product collects all of the accumulated cards.
Play continues until one player has collected all of the cards in the deck.
Players may need to check a multiplication table to confirm their answers.
To increase the
of difficulty, increase the number of cards used.
- Use 3 cards. Students will multiply a 2-digit number x a 1-digit number.
- Use 4 cards. Students will multiply two 2-digit numbers.
- Use 5 cards. Students will multiply a 3-digit number x a 2-digit number.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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