## Always 12

### Value of Playing Always 12:

Recommended # of Players: 2-4

Materials:  Always 12 grid, Deck of Always 12 cards, which includes:

 Card Quantity 0 8 1 10 2 12 3 14 4 13 5 8 6 8

Mathematical benefits

Always 12 provides students an opportunity to add more than one number at a time.  Students use the numbers 1-6 as parts of a greater whole, in an attempt to reach the goal number 12.  This helps to reinforce the part-part-whole relationship among numbers as many different parts can be used to reach 12.  Students also experience the commutative property of addition (4+3=3+4) because the order in which they add does not matter.  Always 12 has the added benefit of asking students to think about subtraction in a different way.  When addends on the board equate to a number higher than 12, students must begin to think about how far that number is from 12, and consider the many substitutions they can make using their cards.

*As students begin to master this game, Foxes Boxes may provide additional challenge.

Click on the icons below to print out the game board and cards.