Workshop Wednesday: Math Card Games - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Workshop Wednesday: Math Card Games

Wednesday already?? Whew! Testing Week wears me out, and it's the kids doing all the work- not me!!

Aaaaanyway- on to Workshop Wednesday!

Today we are linking up our favorite Math Card Games! It doesn't have to be a game that uses playing cards- any cards will do. :) I personally love Love LOVE using playing cards for math games. You can get a pack of two for a dollar at the dollar store!! I'm linking up (yes in my own linky party) to A Teacher Without a Class for her Dollar Days to remind everyone to get your cards for games people link up today at the dollar store!!!

My Dollar Tree carries these cards. They are pretty durable, even with as much as we use them! I bought enough my first year to have decks for my class to use with partners. Each year, I go buy a couple more packs of two and trade out cards that are really worn out. I take out the Jokers and write the same alphabet letter on every card in that deck so if a card gets left out of its Ziploc bag, we can find where it belongs quickly. I did stickers one year, but we used them so much, the stickers were peeling up and those little boogers would remember what the card was based on how the sticker was peeling up! REALLY?!?!

One of my favorite games that I teach my kids early in the year is called Lightning. (Actually, it had another name, but I couldn't remember what it was, so I renamed it this year. Ha!!) Click the picture below, or here, to download the rules for the game for free!

Please leave feedback on TPT if you download this freebie! Don't forget to do the same for others' items, too! :)

I can't wait to get a collection of new games to teach my kiddos! They love playing card games and I'm happy because they are doing math at the same time! :)
Don't forget to grab my button and link back to this post from your post (no TPT store link-ups, please). Also, leave some love on at least two other link-ups. This is a great way to find new friends to follow! :)


  1. Thank you so much for linking up! I only do one math game with cards, but I use phase 10 cards. Not as cheep, but still fun! We just play war, simple addition, or multiplication war.

  2. Wow, your game hits a lot of skills - thanks so much for the instruction page with the example, that will make it so much easier when teaching it to my students.

  3. What a great game! Thanks for the instructions :) Could you tell me how you use centers in your math instruction? I guess I am looking for what your math instruction looks like from the beginning of the lesson to the end. I am playing with some ideas in my head for next year and love all the games you have shared on your blog, along with the others who link up :)


  4. Thank you for the instructions! I'm loving this game!

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  5. Very fun! I love math card easy and so versatile. Thanks for hosting this linky and sharing your great ideas!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  6. I haven't heard of this game! I'm excited to try this! Thanks Jivey! And, thanks for having a great linky party!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  7. I really like your game Lightning! It can be used to work on so many different skills. I will definitely be incorporating that one into my math intervention groups. Thanks for sharing!

    Eclectic Educating

  8. I love this game and will be using this in my 4th grade class. Thank you for the printable directions. I linked up before reading your post today. I see that our games have some of the same concepts, but yours has a unique spin to it. Thanks for allowing me to participate in your linky. I am all ready looking forward to hearing next week's focus.

    Foreman Teaches


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