Up and Down Game

Teaching numbers and counting in a fun and interesting way can be a challenge. Heres a fun numbers game you can play with a pack of playing cards. First practice counting 1-13. Explain to the students the number values of the cards; Ace =1, Jack=11, Queen=12, King= 13. The number cards are as is.Shuffle the cards and deal the top card for all to see. The students guess if the next card is “UP” or “DOWN” in value. For example, the first card to be dealt is a “5”. Is the next card “5-UP” meaning 6- 13 (king) or “5-DOWN” 1 (Ace) – 4?  If the next card dealt is the same as the previous card, then just deal the next card. Play continues until the player’s guess is incorrect.  Points are given for the cards guessed correctly. If your teaching a large group. Divide the students into teams. Each team takes turns guessing “UP” or “DOWN”. For a 10 -15 minutes game, the total of three rounds is the winner. The game can also be played like my “Gesture Junken” game. The students guessing incorrectly sit down. The remaining students game play the next round. After five rounds the standing students are the winners.


One Response

  1. Came to your blog via the Super Simple Songs facebook page…

    Love this idea and I will use it Monday with my 2nd and 3rd grade students! Thanks! Can’t wait to explore more of your ideas.

    BTW – I teach EFL in a small private school in France to children ranging in age from 3 to 10. 🙂

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