Ready for another fun and easy math card game? Everyday this week I’m share super simple games that you can use any time you need extra practice with important skills. Learning math facts does not have to be boring! Today’s game is especially low-prep: all you need is a deck of cards and you’re ready to practice metric conversions. While we don’t typically use the metric system in the U.S., this is still an important skill because it will reinforce an understanding of place value, as well as multiplying and dividing powers of ten. So I hope you enjoy this metric conversions game!
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Super Simple Metric Conversions Game:
Today’s game is called Let’s Convert, and it’s perfect for 5-7 Graders who need to practice metric conversions and mental math skills.
Skills Focus: Metric conversions, mental math skills
How to Play Let’s Convert:
The object of this game is to collect the most cards by correctly converting measurements.
Start by shuffling a complete deck of cards. For this game, Ace = 1, Jack = 11, Queen = 12 and King = 13.
The dealer places the deck face down in the center, then turns over the top card.
The goal is then to convert the value of the card from centimeters to millimeters.
The first player to correctly call out the solution wins the card and keeps it.
For example, is the card shown is a three, to win the card a player needs to call out, “Three centimeters is equal to 30 millimeters.”
If there’s a tie or no one calls the correct answer, the card is buried and discarded (no one keeps it).
The winner of the round gets to draw the next card. Play continues until the deck is depleted or time is called.
The player with the most cards wins!
Want more practice with conversions? Change the rules to convert between other metric measurements. For example, convert mm to cm, or m to cm, or ml to l and vice versa.
You can go back and forth between any type of metric conversion you like, helping students practice multiplying and dividing by powers of ten, honing their mental math skills, and deepening their understanding of the metric system.
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I hope you and your students enjoy this quick and easy metric conversions game!
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Yvette DeBeer says
What an amazing activity! Can’t wait to use it!!