teaching resource

Secret Number Patterns – Card Game

  • Updated

    Updated:  11 Oct 2022

Keep your secret number pattern hidden as you race to be the first to create number patterns based on given rules.

  • Non-Editable

    Non-Editable:  PDF

  • Pages

    Pages:  9 Pages

  • Curriculum
  • Year

    Year:  3

teaching resource

Secret Number Patterns – Card Game

  • Updated

    Updated:  11 Oct 2022

Keep your secret number pattern hidden as you race to be the first to create number patterns based on given rules.

  • Non-Editable

    Non-Editable:  PDF

  • Pages

    Pages:  9 Pages

  • Curriculum
  • Year

    Year:  3

Keep your secret number pattern hidden as you race to be the first to create number patterns based on given rules.

Create Number Patterns to Win! 🏆

This fun card game is perfect for maths groups! Students compete to be the first to make three number patterns that follow a specific rule.

A ‘Go Fish’ style game with a twist. Students are dealt seven regular number cards as well as one secret number pattern card. They must create a pattern with four numbers that follows the rule on the secret number pattern card to score a point.

This game promotes:

  • problem solving
  • algebraic reasoning
  • higher-order thinking skills.

Through this activity, students will show that they can continue and create number patterns resulting from addition and subtraction.

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

Use this number pattern game to enhance learning through guided maths groups, student free time or as a fast finisher activity.

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts:

🆘 Support Struggling Students

Start students who need help understanding the concepts of the game with pattern card 3 or 4. These cards have the sequence of numbers that they need, with one missing number. The patterns on these cards are counting up by 1.

➕ Challenge Fast Finishers

For a challenge, once students have finished playing the game, task them with creating a number pattern for every secret number pattern card using the number cards and the wild cards. Can it be done?

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

This resource downloads as a PDF. The cards on pages 2–9 require cutting out before students play.

Print on cardboard for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access.

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