In Games and warm-ups, Number and Algebra

Learning Objective:
Times tables facts and running total addition

Intended Outcome:
Accurate and fluent multiplication, accurate running total addition

Materials:

  • A pack of cards

Game Objective:
To gain the highest total

Instructions:

  • This game is played in pairs (or threes)
  • Divide the cards between the two players. Players take turns to call the answer
  • Both players turn over their top card at the same time
  • The player whose turn it is multiplies the two cards and calls the answer
  • The other player silently counts 1 hippopotamus, 2 hippopotamus, 3 hippopotamus and if the other player hasn’t answered yet, they can call the correct answer and steal the score
  • Place used cards in a dump pile
  • Players keep a running total of the multiplications they answer correctly. (Record the algorithm and answer)
  • The winner is the player with the highest total of the answers of the multiplications they gave

Variations:
Players could add instead of multiplying the cards
Players could play in threes and multiply all three cards

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