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Game from Denise at Math At Play
• Zero Game Sheet for each player • 1 deck of cards per group of students (3 to 4 students per group). It doesn’t matter if the decks are missing cards or mixed up.
• Object of the Game – Getting the total absolute value score closest to Zero!
• Object of each HAND – Getting each hand closest to Zero!
• Red cards are negative, black are positive. Jacks – 11, Queens – 12, Kings -13 Aces 1 or 14 (depending what you need). • Deal each player 2 cards. One facing up and a hidden one facing down. • Each player adds up their cards to see if they are close to zero. They can say “Hit Me” and get another card. They can get up to FOUR cards but must use all of their cards in their final total. They can also HOLD at two cards. • Once everyone is finished being “Hit” all cards are turned over. Each player writes all of their cards down and then adds up their total in the total box. The person with the smallest total wins the hand and gets to be the dealer! • Each player finds the absolute value of their total in the absolute value column. • When time is up, each player adds up the absolute value column. The person closest to zero wins the game!
• If your students don’t know absolute value yet, you can leave the last column blank. Just add up the sum of the Totals column to determine the game winner. • Use a + , – dice and have the dealer roll it each round to see if everyone at the table should do addition or subtraction of negative numbers (to make it more difficult). • Also do multiplication and division.