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Math Games
With Jane and Joanne

A - Ten - Tion



Grades 1 - 2


  • place value -- numbers to 100
  • odd/even


2 or more


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


Each player takes two cards from the deck and uses them to create a 2-digit number between 11 and 99. Players say aloud the number they create.

Player 1 rolls the die to determine who will win 10 points for the round.

  • If the die lands on an odd number (1, 3, 5), the player who created the lower 2-digit number wins 10 points.
  • If the die lands on an even number (2, 4, 6), the player who created the higher 2-digit number wins 10 points.

Players continue building numbers and alternating the roll of the die. The first player to accumulate 100 points is the winner.


Two dice may be used; add them together before determining if the roll is odd or even.

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 or email them at [email protected].

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