Leftovers: A Division Card Game
Fourth grade is an important time for learning division. This board game focuses on practicing the art of finding remainders, or "leftovers." With a few simple materials you can find around the house, you can create a fun new way to work on an important concept. Your fourth grader will be on their way to mastering division, and he'll have fun doing it!
What You Need:
- One deck of cards (Remove jokers, tens, and face cards.) - (Print a deck.)
- A place marker for each player (e.g. a bean, coin, etc.)
- One Leftovers game board (Print this out.)
- Scratch paper (to solve problems)
What You Do:
- Shuffle the cards and place them face down in a pack.
- Players take turns drawing one card from the pack. They must take the number on their card and divide it into the number on the square their place marker is on. (For example, if the first player drew a nine, they would compute 34 divided by 9, as the first square has the number 34 in it.)
- The player takes the remainder from their answer and moves that many spaces along the game board, following the direction of the arrows. (Using the example above, 34 divided by 9 equals 3, remainder 7. This player would move 7 spaces.)
- A player wins when they reach "HOME."
- If a player lands on the same space as another player, they may send that other player back to Start.
- Include tens and face cards. Jacks = 11, queens = 12, and kings = 13.
- Allow calculator use. Players should move the amount of spaces shown in the whole number, not in the decimal. Or you can round the answers.
- Write "Go ahead two spaces," "Lose a turn," etc. in some of the cells.