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A Math Card Game

Students worked hard all week? Do they deserve a special reward for a job well done? This activity will offer students a nice break from structured learning. Adapt it to fit your needs. Have some Friday Fun!


  • Deal out all the cards, an equal number to each player. The cards are left facedown in a pile in front of each player.
  • The person to the dealer's left goes first, and play continues clockwise.
  • The first person turns over a card and places it face up in the center of the play area.
  • The next person turns over a card, adds it to the card already played, says the sum out loud, and places the card on top of the previously played card.
  • The next person turns over a card and adds the card to the sum of the first two cards.
  • Play continues in this way until someone has a card that when added will give a sum greater than 25. When that happens, the player must subtract rather than add.
  • Play continues until someone gets a sum of exactly 25.
  • The player who gets a sum of exactly 25 wins that round and goes first in the next round.


Teacher-Submitted Lesson Plan: Twenty-Five -- A Math Card Game
Education World (September 21, 2001)

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Article by Gary Hopkins
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