With Jane and Joanne
Grades 4 and up
- multiplying a two-digit number by a one-digit number
- playing cards Ace (=1) through 9
- paper and pencil
The object of this game is to make the largest possible product.
Each player draws three cards from the deck. Players arrange their cards to make a 2-digit number and a 1-digit number. They multiply the two numbers to reveal their product.
- Player 1 draws the cards 6, 8, and 2. She can create several math problems, including 82 x 6 and 62 x 8. She chooses 62 x 8 because those two numbers result in the largest product (496).
- Player 2 draws the cards 4, 7, and 5. She can create several math problems, including 75 x 4 and 74 x 5. She chooses 74 x 5 because those two numbers result in the largest product (370).
Players write down their multiplication problems and compare answers. The player with the largest product scores 1 point.
Players take three more cards each and continue playing until one player scores 15 points to win.
Take 4 or 6 cards to create 2- or 3-digit multiplication problems.
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@example.com.
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