Play the Number Sentence Game
Now that your second grader has beginning addition under his belt, it's a good time to try comparing and ordering numbers. Inject a little fun into the process by playing a quick number game that's all about building number sentences.
What's a number sentence? Your kid should already be familiar with one type of number sentence: the equation. For example: 4 + 2 = 6. This game is based on inequalities, like 9 > 4 or 3 < 7. Use the alligator trick if he needs a little help: pretend the symbols are alligator mouths, and remind him that the alligator always eats the bigger number!
What You Need:
- 30 number cards: 3 each of numbers 0 - 9
- 10 symbol cards: 3 greater than symbols (>), 3 less than symbols (<), and 4 equal signs (=)
- 2 players
What You Do:
- Before beginning the game, decide if you're going to play with one-, two-, or three-digit numbers. Shuffle the number and symbol cards together and deal 10 cards to each player face down. Place extra cards in a pile face down in the middle of the table.
- Have each player turn over his cards at the same time and begin making number sentences.
- When each player has made as many number sentences as he can from his 10 cards, it’s time to declare if each sentence is true or false.
- Have each player read his sentences aloud. After each sentence, another player calls out "true" if he thinks the sentence is correct, or "false" if he thinks it isn't.
- When the players have finished reading their senteces, have them save their correct sentences, and mix up their incorrect sentences to use in the next round.
- Have the players draw enough cards from the pile to bring their hand back up to 10.
- Now start the next round. Rounds continue until there are no more cards left in the pile. The player with the most “true” sentences wins!