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Math Games
With Jane and Joanne

Race To 1000



Grade 2 - 3


  • place value to 1000
  • odd/even


2 or more


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


Each player takes three cards from the deck and makes a 3-digit number between 111 and 999. Players say their numbers aloud.

Player 1 rolls the die to determine who wins 100 points for the round.

  • If Player 1 rolls an odd number (1, 3, or 5), the player who has the lowest number formed by the three cards earns 100 points.
  • If Player 2 rolls an even number (2, 4,or 6), the player who has the highest number formed by the three cards earns 100 points.

Players continue building numbers and alternating the roll of the die. Each player records his or her points. The first player to accumulate 1,000 points is the winner.


Two dice may be thrown and added together before determining whether the total number rolled 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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