These two free worksheets provide a fun and novel way of solving addition and subtraction equations, using engaging playing card visuals. Using this design and format, students will further connect the math processes used in math card games to solving written equations.
Teachers may also choose to print these sheets in color and laminate them for multiple uses in a math center.
Playing cards provide a good visual for counting and subitizing, since they have structured patterns displayed in the form of clubs, hearts, spades, and diamonds.
The featured equations encourage students to use strategies such as number families and turn-around facts, make a ten, make a teen, doubles, doubles plus one, doubles minus one, and others.
Equations are presented in multiple formats, including
4 + ___ = 10; 7 + 3 = ___; 7 = 10 - 3; ___= 8 + 4; and others
A complete Answer Key is included for each worksheet.
In addition to the listed Common Core standards, this activity also provides practice in the Core's Standard of Mathematical Practice, "Look for Patterns and Structure."
This activity is a great fit for first and second grade Common Core standards in Operations and Algebraic Thinking, as well as with Numbers and Base Ten. Third grade students will also benefit from the opportunity to improve computational fluency and number sense skills.
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