Type of Activity: Problem Solving
Source: Playing With A Full Deck, by Michelle Cummings
Props Needed: playing cards, one per participant
Group Size: 6 or more
Props Needed: Deck of Cards, possibly some paper, pencils or a calculator.
Playing the Game: Divide your groups into 6-8 people. Shuffle the deck and hand each participant a card. The goal of the activity is to keep your group “out of the red”, which means the company is losing money. In an accountant’s world, it is always best to be “in the black”, which means making a profit. Ask your group to arrange their cards in a numeric equation that will keep them “in the black”.
Rules of Play:
Red’s are negative: Hearts are subtraction, Diamonds are division
Blacks are positive: Clubs are addition, Spades are multiplication
Groups must present their equation to the other groups.
Variation: See how many different equations the group can come up with and still remain “in the black.”
Allow the use of a calculator for young players who don’t know number facts by heart and who can’t make rapid mental calculations.
- How did your group solve this activity?
- Who seemed to have strong skills in this activity from your group?
- What leadership styles did you see?
- What was difficult about this activity for you?
Learning styles utilized from the 7 Kinds of Smart: ~logic smart, people smart
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