teaching resource

Secret Number Patterns – Card Game

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 11 pages | Grades: 1 - 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 math centers! Students compete to be the first to make three number patterns that follow a specific rule.

This math activity is a “Go Fish” style game with a twist. Students are dealt seven regular number cards as well as one secret number pattern card. To score a point, they must create a pattern with four numbers that follow the rule on the secret number pattern card.

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 math groups, math centers, 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 cards 3 or 4. These cards have a missing number covered up by a black square. The pattern is a recognizable pattern, as it is only counting 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 2–11 require cutting out before students play.

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


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