# Go Fish

## Curriculum Goal

#### Kindergarten: Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematics Behaviour

• Demonstrate an understanding of numbers, using concrete materials to explore and investigate counting, quantity, and number relationships

#### Primary: Number Sense

• Compose, decompose and compare whole numbers up to and including 50, using a variety of tools and strategies, in various contexts

## Context

• Two to four students sit together on the carpet or at a desk
• Primary students should have prior experience with adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing under 50

## Materials

• One standard 52-card deck with jokers

## Lesson

• The teacher or group select a target number and deals five cards to each player
• Early years students may want to target a number that is 12 or lower
• Primary students may want to target a number upwards of 10 to 50
• Players identify and place any pairs that can reach the target number
• Early years students may want to attempt addition
• Primary students may use all arithmetic operations (addition, substruction, multiplication, division)
• Players take turns asking others for specific cards that will help them create more pairs with their remaining cards
• If the asked player doesn’t have the card, they say “go fish”, prompting the asker to draw from the deck
• Players replenish their hand with five new cards once they run out
• The game continues until the deck is exhausted
• The player with the most pairs wins

## Look Fors

• What operation do students use to combine the cards and reach the target number?
• What strategies students use to determine which card to ask for?

## Related Lessons

Students engage in a simple probability experiment that requires dice and mental math strategies.