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This is the first card game I teach my students at the beginning of the school year, before we begin and practice our guided math card station.  Year after year, this has been a class favorite.  On choice day, this is the game 9 times out of 10 they choose to play.

This game is great for primary and even some intermediate.  It helps to reinforce sums of 10.  This game is similar to memory or match.  Students make pairs by adding the two numbers together to get a sum of 10.

Turn Over Ten

Materials: one deck of cards - aces to ten  
take out the jack, queen and king

Objective:  To make pairs that equal 10

The ace will stand for a zero in this game.

1.  Shuffle the cards.
2.  Lay out cards, four rows, five in each row, face down.

3.  Place the other cards in a draw pile, face down off to the side.

4.  Students take turns flipping over two cards.  Student can make a match if the two cards make ten when added together.  

This one was a 7 and a 3.  MATCH!

For example:  2 and 8, 3 and 7, 6 and 4, you get the idea...

5.  If a match has been made, the student gets to keep those cards.

6.  Replace the cards with the cards from the draw pile.
7.  Keep on playing until all matches have been made.
8.  The student with the most cards in the end wins.
Click to print out the Google Docs instructions on how to play...

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  1. In my class we play a variation on this game, where we play go fish but the matches has to add to 10 (for example 2 and 8, 3 and 7, 4 and 6) I put 2 decks together when they play. They love it.

  2. My kids always love this game. If you use an ace as zero, what do you use for one? I use 1 - 9 or I make jokers be zero.

  3. Our classroom refer often to this resource
    Math Tricks

  4. Hi Mary!
    Love your website and ideas!
    When we play this game, students deal out one ace-ten. They draw a card and have to make a ten. The ace is one. If they draw a ten, they say, "Ten plus 0 equals ten." So, this is just another variation. I like the concentration type game as well. Thanks for the resources!

  5. This is a good way in making the students learn and at the same time to enjoy. I remember my friend me who taught me how to play poker step by step, I had fun that time and learned much!

  6. Mary, I can't get Turn Over Ten to come up on google docs. It keeps saying there in an error. I have tried several times. The other activities worked great! Thanks for sharing!!!

  7. Really interesting stuff!, i used to play a lot with cards, my kids we used to build card houses, and some times rummy games with family, and seriously this game is now good to play with kids as well.

    Kudos, looking more ideas from you!