My students who were great at math tests had trouble mentally adding up to 15 and 31. They were using fingers or counting out loud to try to get to the desired number. (It was interesting because many of my students compete in math contests and rank quite high in the country).
Very few students have basic knowledge of cards. How to deal, how to shuffle, what the suits are or even what the J, Q, K stand for. They play online cards and everything is done for them.
Flushes and straights were new vocabulary for many students.
Counting hands and cribs took them a long time. All students were afraid to have points stolen from them so they would count and recount hands which slowed down the games. The mental math was a lot weaker than I expected.
Basic strategy was difficult for them. Many would place a 5 down to start and set up others for pegging points. It wasn't until I started playing against them and would peg 10 points per hand on them that they realized how important that part of the game was. They were also confused about throwing good cards into their own or their partner's crib to get more points.
A lot of families have crib boards stored away in closets. Most students challenged their parents once they realized they had the boards at home. Suddenly my students were playing cards with their family.
Last is that cribbage holds up over the years. Students love it and are enjoying the game.
We have a class team tournament where players have partners and we will find out who the champion cribbage players are. The students are excited! We have planned it for Halloween because well its such a crumby day to try and teach anything anyway.
I also have a cribbage quiz planned so that the students can show their mental math, strategy, problem solving and general knowledge. The students are improving their skills and having a lot of fun with it. I have all the research , information, and quiz in a document. I have put it on my TPT store at this link: Cribbage Investigation. If you just email I can also probably get it to you as well but it may take longer.
I recommend it. Here is the general investigation that I gave.
Please explore cribbage, its history and terminology so that you can gain a better understanding of the game. You will need to complete this information sheet before being able to play in the tournament.
There are many websites to gain this information and it is up to you to understand it.
History of Cribbage
Cribbage was created by an English poet named Sir John Suckling in the early 17th century. He derived the game from a card game called “noddy”. Since the 17th century the game of cribbage has been virtually unchanged. It is a popular game amongst the English speaking world and is played in many different situations. American submariners consider cribbage their official pastime. While travelling, many professional athletes will play to pass the time on planes. The oldest active submarine in the United States Pacific Fleet carries a cribbage board from World War II. The board is transferred to the oldest boat in the fleet.
Terms of Cribbage: Define the following
The Crib: ___________________________________________________
§ Double Skunk: ______________________________________________
§ Flush: _____________________________________________________
§ Go: ___________________________________________________
§ Pone: ___________________________________________________
§ Right Jack: ________________________________________________
§ Skunk: ___________________________________________________
Gameplay: Answer True or False for the following questions
______ Each player receives 5 cards in 4 player cribbage
_______ After both players have discarded two cards into the crib, the pone cuts the deck and dealer turns over this card. If it is a jack, the dealer gets 2 points.
_______ Getting three of a kind in your hand gets you three points.
_________ A run must consist of all four my cards in order.
_________ I am allowed to use the card that was cut when counting the points in my hand and the points in my crib.
_________ When counting hands, the player with the crib gets to show his/her points first.
Is starting off by playing a card less than 5 a good strategy move? Why or why not.
What is the best possible hand and how does it happen.
How do you decide who gets to have the crib first?
would you give to the crib? Why?
§ Any combinations that total 15 = 2 points
§ 3 card run or higher = 1 point per card in run
§ Pairs = 2 points
§ Flush = 1 point per card (four card minimum)
§ Nobs = 1 point
Score the following hands ( the Jack is the card that was cut):
Hand 1 ________________________________________
Hand 2 ________________________________________
Hand 3 ________________________________________