Salute the King


Home group before lunch. Nothing planned!

Looking for inspiration.

Google search: “Group Card Games”.

Result: How to Play the Funniest Card Game Ever.

Rules: Deal all the cards face down. It is better if everyone has the same amount of cards, but it is not mandatory. The object of the game is to get rid all your cards. The first person to do that is declared the winner.

Every player must now, one by one, turn over the top card on their pile without looking at it first and place it in the middle of the table. As soon as the first person to reveal an Ace, King, Queen or Jack, here is what EVERYONE in the group must do:

Ace– Stand up
King– Salute
Queen– Put hand over heart and bow (remaining seated)
Jack– Start clapping.

The last person to salute loses this round and gets all the cards from the pile. The game continues, cards are being placed in the middle of the table, Oh an Ace! Everyone must stand up! The last person to stand up, once again gets the cards from the pile. Game continues and oops! a Jack, everyone must start clapping.

In home group the kids enjoy the game. There is lots of interaction. Some kids choose not to play “nicely”. Lots of social skills to be developed here. Very worthwhile me thinks!


Idea: Could “Salute the King” become a Maths game?


1. As above but for 2 – 4 players and take out aces, kings, queens and jacks.

2. Total the cards flipped over and then:

A Square Number STAND UP
A Multiple of 5 SALUTE THE KING
A Multiple of 3 HAND ON HEART
30 to 39 CLAP HANDS

The game was a big hit! Students wanted to play again after lunch. “I want to beat you Mr. T”, Rhys said.

And Rhys did by improving his mental addition speed and learning the square numbers; and multiples of 3 and 5.

Note that if the total is 33, then you put your hand on your heart (not clap hands) because it has a higher importance.

Try Salute the King in your class, and leave a comment about how it went and any modifications you made!!!!


About webmaths

I have been teaching Mathematics in Victorian secondary schools for 30 years. I use the www to make my maths lessons better. I hope this blog will give other teachers some ideas to try in their own classes.
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