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Math Games
With Jane and Joanne

Fair Game -- Subtraction



Grades 1 - 2


  • subtraction
  • odd/even


  • 2


  • playing cards Ace (= 1) through 5 or Ace (= 1) through 9
  • 1 die


Each player turns over two cards from the deck and subtracts the smaller number from the larger one. Player 1 rolls the die to determine who wins the point.

  • If Player 1 rolls an odd number (1, 3, or 5), the lower number wins the point
  • If Player 1 rolls and even number (2, 4, or 6), the higher number wins the point.

Players continue to turn cards over and subtract them. They alternate turns rolling the die.

The first player to score 20 points is the winner.


Two dice may be rolled and added together to determine odd/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.

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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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