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What is the Name of This Game?

This 5-page article describes a two-person card game that helps develop students' strategic thinking while practicing basic addition skills with whole numbers. The author explains how to adapt the game with more challenging content and demonstrates the game's relationship to magic squares and tic-tac-toe. He provides game instructions, discussion questions and printable cards for the basic version. An online version for one player against a computer, The Game of Fif, is cataloged separately.
Contributed by: John Mahoney - Author, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics - Publisher
This resource is included in the following PD Collection(s):
Developing Fact FluencyThis collection supports teachers as they help children develop fluency with number facts in all four operations. The resources take advantage of patterns and number sense, properties, parity, and other connections, to improve retention and transferability. They encourage reasoning and strategic thinking. Several articles and videos suggest specific activities and games that can be incorporated into classroom routines. A unit of lesson plans helps with addition facts and a series of blog entries includes ideas for teaching multiplication facts.
Math TopicAlgebraic Thinking, Number Sense, Fractions, Basic Operations, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes
Grade Level2, 3, 4, 5, 6+
Resource TypeActivity, Game, Instructional Strategy, Reference Materials, Article

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education Topic
    • Interdisciplinary ConnectionLanguage Arts
    • Professional DevelopmentNo
    • ContributorJohn Mahoney - Author, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics - Publisher
    • Publication Date2005-10
    • RightsCopyright (c) 2005 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
    • AccessAvailable by subscription, Available for purchase, Free access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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  • User Comments
    • 4.5
      Math? Fun? Duh!
      By Uncle Bob on 06/21/2012 - 20:09
    • Should students have fun while learning the basics. Oh, are there other skills in the p/s domain that can be gained from this resource? By the way, are sums of three addends considered a basic fact or skill?
    • 4.5
      wonderful gaming info
      By Upood1938 on 05/07/2018 - 08:55
    • That’s really a nice game for any student to build his intellect. These kinds of games are far away from the usual games because they provide a warm interface and check out reviews to manage your task. Even I also like to play these kinds of games because I’m also a student.