#MicDropMath Card Tricks for Young Mathematicians

Key Question How can we use math to entertain our family and friends with card tricks they think are magic? Learning Objectives Children will be curious about… learn the steps for performing two different self-working card tricks practice counting to 10 learn pairs of numbers that add up to ten Materials A deck of regular…

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Venn Right

Don’t do a Venn wrong. Have students use this Venn diagram which calls out the attributes and values to help identify similarities and differences. Virtual Google Slide Version of Venn Right (make a copy to use)

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The Mammoth Game from Creative Learning Exchange

In this activity, teams of students play a dice and graphing game to track the population growth and decline of a herd of twenty mammoths. By changing variables and probabilities with the dice, students can explore theories of extinction and speculate about which factors contributed to the wooly mammoths’ demise. Potential interdisciplinary links include science…

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#MicDropMath Playing Card Tricks

There are card tricks which are slight of hand and card tricks which rely on the discrete mathematics inherent to a regular deck of cards. These card tricks fall into the latter category and are called self-working. Don’t worry, you do not need to understand discrete mathematics to learn the algorithm for performing these #MicDropMath…

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Get Outta Here! – a hack of Knock-Out!

Get Outta Here! (also available in the kinder Excuse Me, Please version for littles) is a hack of the game Knock-Out! with various leveled versions below to make it accessible to students starting in preschool. All you need to do is print the game board, get dice and some bingo chips or poker chips for…

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Cover Up – a hack of Muggins!

Cover Up is a hack of the game Muggins! with various leveled versions below to make it accessible to students starting in preschool. All you need to do is print the game board, get dice and some bingo chips or poker ships for markers, and let the math play begin. Cover Up Full Version Rules…

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On the Dot

On the Dot reinforces spatial relations and visual discrimination. See spots like never before! Try to arrange four transparent squares so they perfectly match the pattern shown on the dots card. Flip, rotate, and overlap the squares to make the “spot on” copy.

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Blink

BLINK is the lightning-fast game where two players race to be the first to play all of their cards. How fast can you match? NOTE: BLINK can be played using IOTA cards!

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Iota

  IOTA reinforces spatial relations, visual discrimination, and strategic thinking. Look, see, play and score… a lot! Add cards to a grid, making sure the attributes of color, shape, and number are either all the same or all different across the line. Sounds easy but as the grid expands, so do the possibilities.

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