Math Lit: Dealing With Addition

This week's book is another one that is new to me. I'm asking my students to all have a deck of cards to practice math at home, so this book fits right in with that.

The book talks about ways you can use cards to play math games and learn about numbers. It explains the deck and gives lots of examples of ways to put the cards together. I plan to have students work in pairs to model some of this as we read the book. (note to self - go to Dollar Tree and buy lots more decks of cards!). One of my favorite things is representing numbers with sets of cards; for example, there are 5 different ways to get a total of five with three aces, a two, a three, a four, and a five card. I plan to give students time to explore these and find all the ways to group them. We will also record pictorially in our interactive math notebooks. After each of these challenges, there is a full page picture of the solutions. At the end of the book a card game called "Dealing With Addition" is explained. We will be playing it in pairs and I will challenge the kids to go home and play with someone in their family also.

Have you ever used this book with students? What are your favorite card deck math games?


  1. This is a great way for students to learn to fluently add numbers by the sum being the same but adding different addends together to form the identical answer. Like you stated above, this gives students opportunities to learn how to play math games that include a deck, dice, and manipulative objects for the material. This game will increase cooperation and engagement as well as seeking addition problems.

  2. I will most definitely use this interactive game in the classroom for students to learn the functions of this game and for cooperation learning.


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