This activity provides practice skip counting by10’s. Students will generate the first, middle or last number in a sequence of 3 numbers. You may choose to use cards requiring students to generate only true multiples of 10 (10, 20, 30, 40, etc.) OR 10 more or 10 less than numbers ending in 5 (15, 25, 35, 45), OR combine the two sets of cards for a greater challenge. Following the rules of popular Top-It (War) card games, students need little or no instruction on how to play, and they will love the cute animal graphics .
To prepare the game simply print out the game cards and number line(s) for the number sets you select. Laminate for durability. Cut apart the cards. Cut out the number lines.
To play (2 players): Shuffle the cards and divide evenly among players in face down stacks. At the same time, both players flip over their top card and determine the missing number. Players look at each others cards to determine if their opponent’s answer is correct, referring to the number line if needed. The player with the greatest missing number takes both cards and places them in a separate pile from their un-played cards. In the event of a tie, each player flips over another card. The player with the greatest missing number takes all 4 cards. When all cards in the facedown stacks have been used, each player counts the cards they have won. The player with the most cards is the winner.