Why Is Six Afraid of Seven?

 

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Value of Playing Why Is Six Afraid of Seven?:

Level: Grades 1-3

Recommended # of Players: 2-4

Materials: Deck of Why is Six Afraid of Seven cards

Why is Six Afraid of Seven? consists of three of each of the following cards including three Gobble Gobble cards:

+1 1

+1 3

+1 5

+1 7

+1 9

+2 1

+2 3

+2 5

+2 7

-2 9

+3 1

+3 3

+3 5

+3 7

- 3 9

+1 2

+1 4

+1 6

+1 8

-1 10

+2 2

+2 4

+2 6

+2 8

-2 10

+3 2

+3 4

+3 6

- 3 8

- 3 10

 

Math Skills: Counting on 1, 2, and 3; Counting back 1, 2 and  3

Mathematical benefits

Why is Six Afraid of Seven? challenges children to think flexibly about adding or subtracting 1, 2, or 3 from the numbers 1 through 10.  This game encourages students to count on (as opposed to counting all) by using small addends (1, 2, and 3).  Also, without the aid of a physical number line, students become able to navigate up and down quickly.  With each turn, students must search their own cards for one that can be played, effectively carrying out several mathematical problems mentally.  Strategy is also involved as they must think about which cards they should play to pave the way for future turns, and rid themselves of cards more quickly. 

 

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