Speed is a card game familiar to many people.  (Some people may know it as Spit.)  It’s a great game for students to work on forward and backward number sequences.  This version of the game is from the book Teaching Number in the Classroom by Wright, Martland, Stafford, and Stanger, where it is called “Quick Draw Multiples.”

Materials:  A numeral card deck containing four each of a sequence of 10 numbers.  You might want students to work counting forward and backwards in the range of 1-10, 12-21, or you might want students to learn the multiples of a given number such as 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, 32, 36, 40.

How to Play:

This is a game for two players.

Place 15 cards in a stack in front of each player. These stacks are the draw piles for that player. The remaining cards are divided into two stacks and placed face down between the players. (Leave space between the stacks for cards to be turned over.) Each player draws 3 cards from their draw pile. Next, simultaneously turn over a card from the middle stacks. A play is made from players’ hand by placing the next numeral in the sequence, either forward or backward, on top of one of the turned up cards. Both players play at the same time, on either pile, and may make a series of plays, so long as the plays are made one card at a time. As cards are played the player replenishes their hand (3 at any one time) from the draw pile. If neither player can play a card, new starter cards are turned up. The first player to play all their cards is the winner!

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