Primary (K-2) Game of the Week: Close to 20

Close to 20

From the Investigations 3 curriculum, which Brookline will begin adopting in the 2020-2021 school year.


If you don’t have cards around, you can either print them or check out some creative suggestions for alternatives from the kids in 3M

• Counters (like cubes, pennies, scraps of paper, etc.)


  1. Deal 5 cards to each player.
  2. Take turns. On each turn:
    • Choose 3 cards that make a total as close to 20 as possible.
    • Record the total of the 3 cards, and your score.
    • Your score is the difference between your total and 20.
    • Take that many cubes.
    • Put those cards aside and take 3 new cards.
  3. After each player has taken 5 turns, total your score.
  4. Count your cubes. You should have the same number of cubes as your total score.
  5. The player with the lowest total score is the winner.

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Published by Jenna

K-8 Math Specialist near Boston, MA

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