Math Centers: Its All in the Cards

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The Description

With these funds I will...purchase customized decks of card that I will design for fraction, percent, and decimal practice. Students in middle school struggle with one of the most important skills adults need in order to be financially literate; the ability to convert easily between fractions, decimals, and percents. In order for students to internalize these rational numbers, they need to see a visual representation of them. Once students have been introduced to the concept of these rational numbers and the relationship between them, they require plenty of practice in the classroom to internalize them. Worksheets and foldable notes lose their entertainment value quickly. Using these numbers in a card game setting, however, brings another dimension to practice. Students are very motivated in playing card games and will learn to interpret fractions, decimals, and percents while they socialize with their classmates. Commercial cards often show the numerical relationships between numbers but lack the visual display component. The cards I design will include this aspect.


 The website: offers a custom playing card design option. Each deck costs about $8.00 but the price decreases if I order more than 25 decks. I would like to purchase enough for the teachers in the whole grade level which amounts to about 12 decks per teachers or about 36 decks.  The money that I receive from PledgeCents would go directly to the purchase of the cards. 

Back Up Plan

If I do not meet my goal I will not purchase any of the cards I design, but instead I may print out some on cardstock. Then I might copy, cut, and laminate two sets of the cards. The project is possible to do with a printer and laminator, but it is utterly too time consuming. If I am only funded partly for the project, then I will decrease the numbers of decks that I purchase.

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Amazingly Engaged!

January 18, 2016

Students are thrilled about learning to play new games with the cards I developed, thanks to all my donors from Pledgecents. I am happy to report that even the most challenging students are interested in playing "Slap Jack" in class. They are eager to participate and are energized during class time.  Best of all, the students do not feel as though they are learning to recognize decimal, percent, and fraction equivalences, but they are!

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About the Creator

I am currently a 6th grade math teacher always looking for ways to improve student learning in my classroom.

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Nathan Seto

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Beth Lawrence

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Sam Pennington

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