Display of deck of playing cards which are added together to get twenty

Get Twenty

Mathematical group initiative using a deck of cards.

  • Simple set-up
  • Promotes collaboration
  • Focus on critical thinking
  • Ideal maths game
  • Virtual options


Step-by-Step Instructions

How To Play Narrative

Practical Leadership Tips

Social-Emotional Learning

Health & Wellness Programming

Popular Variations

Virtual Adaptation

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Comments (3)

  1. David Piang-Nee

    Got to play that recently.. quite the challenge if you are up to it. We as a group were and managed to solve it. Great lesson in “working with the hand you are dealt” or finding creative ways to solve an issue with the tools you are given.. tools being all the mathematical symbols or selective symbols depending on the groups age and ability

  2. Erin

    This a great activity for my 8th-grade students to play while I was checking homework in class. I had to give the student groups new numbers as they solved each problem, but they were very engaged in working on the problem. The students requested to play again.

    • Mark

      This is a great idea Erin. Thank you for sharing – there’s never enough ideas to help us all fill-in idle time a little more productively.

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