Using A Deck Of Cards

In a stack of papers called Unorganized.

  • Mar
  • 24
  • 2006

A deck of Bellagio playing cards innocently sits in a drawer of my desk, perched atop a random assortment of pens collected over the years. I used to think it was an incomplete deck I kept in the classroom since it couldn’t be used for card games at home. Last year, I counted; all 52 cards are there. It’s not because of a missing card that they hang around.

Large groups: Each suit goes to one of the four corners of the room. Groups of 5: Make the best poker hand you can. Groups of 4: Find the three other people with the same number you have. Groups of 3: Make a run of three cards, all the same color. Groups of 2: Same number, same color.

With one deck distributed among students and the other shuffled in the hand of the teacher, a card from the shuffled deck equates to calling on a specific student.

What would you use cards in the classroom for? Think we can come up with one use for each card? That could be a cool deck of cards, one that displays different ways to use a deck of cards in the classroom.

1 comment

1. JM says:

[1/4/2007 - 2:42 pm]

I know of a series called “52” that makes decks of cards with assorted things on them (i.e. magic tricks, card games, inventor stats, etc.) You might want to look into that.