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Math Games
With Jane and Joanne

Place Value Snap



Grade 3 - 6


  • place value 1 to 100
  • immediate recall


  • 2


  • playing cards Ace (=1) through 9


Two players sit side-by-side and divide the cards evenly between themselves.

At the same time, each player turns over one card. One player is assigned to turn over the number in the tens place; the other player turns over the number in the ones place. The player who calls out the correct number first gets to keep both cards.

For example:
--- The player who is assigned to turn over the tens place card turns over a 5.
--- The player who is assigned to turn over the ones place card turns over a 7.
--- The first player to call out the number (57) gets to keep both cards.
Play continues until one player has collected all of the cards. In the event of a tie (both players call out the number at the same time), players leave their cards in a "tie pile." This pile builds until one player gives a correct answer before the other. That player will take the two cards just turned over plus all of the cards in the tie pile.


Play with three cards and build numbers into the hundreds.

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.

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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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