This game is a fun way to practice identifying prime and composite numbers. Students must use their number sense, knowledge of factors, and addition, subtraction, and multiplication skills to create different prime and composite numbers to add to their “penguin pile-up.” Whoever creates enough numbers to fill up the prime penguin pile and composite penguin pile first is the winner!
This fun game board has directions printed right in the center for students to reference easily. All you need for this game is a deck of cards, writing utensil, and one game board per student. If you print and laminate game boards, or place game boards in plastic sleeves, students can use dry erase markers and play again and again on the same boards. Alternatively, you could print multiple copies in grayscale (a blackline copy is included) for students to use once.
Playing with or without face cards are both options. If you choose to play with face cards, I suggest making Jack = 11, Queen = 12, and King = 13. You could even make Jokers wild cards!
To differentiate for students, consider taking away or adding ways that numbers can be created. For example, to differentiate for higher learners, you could add in the possibility of using a number you drew from the deck as an exponent.
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