- Yesterday before I went home, I carefully laid out 30 playing cards at every available seat or desk. I was careful to group them by suit so it would be easier for the students to find.
- Just to double check, I took another deck of cards and matched up what was on the desk. It would have been awful to give a student a card that had no match!
- As I greeted them at the door, I handed them a playing card and told them to find the matching card and take a seat. I told them that other teachers didn't think it would work and that had taken their classes too long. Then I said that they looked like they could handle it quickly and quietly. I let them through in groups of 4 to 5. They were seated with matching cards with 2 minutes.
- We did a little business (WBT 5 Rules, a quick school tour...), and my TA collected one card from each pair.
- Then I had them work as a table group to add up the value of their cards. Each table who did it quickly and made me happy, received a table point.
- Next task was to find the mean value of the cards.
- From there we did a little multiplying with them.
- Finally, I had them put them in order from least to greatest, and compare different pairs they made up at their table.
Any more ideas on how to use playing cards in quick Math lessons? Wish me luck, tomorrow we SRI!!!