I don't know about you, but my students love playing math games. I try to find or create a math game/activity as often as possible that reinforces what we are learning.
We are currently working through our measurement unit. My students really struggle with converting in customary units. Even though they know 3 feet equals 1 yard, when I ask them to tell me how many feet are in 12 yards they get stuck. It was out of this struggle that this game was born.
The game is a twist on the classic card game, War. I created cards that have customary units of measure on them. I kept the cards simple because I knew I wanted to copy them onto bright card-stock.
The rules for this game are the same as a regular game of War. The students playing each flip over a card. Once the cards are flipped, they must both discover who has the longest length. The person with the longest length takes both cards. If the lengths are the same the students will have a "war." When/if that happens the students will need to put three cards face down, and then one card face up. Whoever has the card with the longest length wins all the cards. As with regular war, the goal is to win all of the cards.
The game is one of my anchor activities that my students can choose from when they have finished their assigned activities for the day. They really enjoy it. A few of them ask to play during inside recess, which lets me know this game is a keeper!
You can download the game here. If you download it please let me know what you and your students think!
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