All Things Being Equal

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In this game, learners strategize to win the most cards by building number equations. Learners practice operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) to construct their equations. This activity guide contains sample questions to ask, literary connections, extensions, and alignment to local and national standards.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Game, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Number cards 1 to 10 with 4 of each number in the deck (a deck of playing cards can be used by removing the Jack, Queen, and King of each suit and using the Aces to represent 1)
  • Paper and pencil
  • Two cards with an equal sign on it and the flip side should have the words "is the same amount as" on it (use an index card or a sheet of paper)
  • Thirty-two “Operations Cards,” eight for each operation (+, -, x, ÷)
  • Counting pieces


  • Mathematics
    • Algebra
    • Number and Operations
      • Operations
    • Reasoning and Proof

Informal Categories

  • Games


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All rights reserved, Children's Museum of Houston,

Funding Source:

  • ExxonMobil