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T-Ball Multiplication

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LEVELS

Grades 4 and up

SKILLS

  • multiplying a two-digit number by a one-digit number

PLAYERS

  • 2

EQUIPMENT

  • playing cards Ace (=1) through 9
  • paper and pencil

GETTING STARTED

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.

    Example
  • 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.

VARIATION

Take 4 or 6 cards to create 2- or 3-digit multiplication problems.

Joanne Currah and Jane Felling have created two best-selling math game books -- Shuffling Into Math (for teachers of grades K-3) and All Hands on Deck (grades 1-9). Each book includes simple instructions for more than 100 math games that help children discover math concepts and reinforce math skills. Education World is pleased to present a selection of those activities in this series.

Click to learn more about these books and other exciting products and service from Joanne and Jane's Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks.

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 boxcars@planet.eon.net.

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