Who’s Counting: Reviews

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Purely Paperless: Who’s Counting? A Math Strategy Game Available on Educents

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“As a third grade teacher, I spend A LOT of time on math facts. Kids come into the grade level needing a refresher on addition and subtraction facts, but leave the grade level with multiplication and division math fact mastery. As such, I collect a lot of games and materials that help reinforce this vital skill.

Who’s Counting? [sic] is a fast paced math strategy game in which students are racing to collect the highest number of points to help save the adorable Whozits from certain destruction.

To help set the scene for the game, we read aloud the ebook, The Sneaky Subtractor: A Whozit Biography, using our interactive whiteboard. The story gives the background of the game, but also provides some sound mathematical concepts. The vocabulary is deceptively difficult, so it was also a great opportunity to discuss context clues.

To play, players simply draw cards and try to build an equation (with up to three operations) that will yield the highest score. Players amass bonus points for each operation they use. Opponents can use special cards that allow them to steal another players points or even split the points. The game is very well thought out as even the special cards present an additional math challenge.

The game is designed for 2-6 players, ages 8 and up. For my third graders, I did have to modify the game a bit to make it a little easier to play independently. We will add the multiplication and division operation cards back into the game later this year.”

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Cathy Duffy Reviews: Who’s Counting™ Math Card Game

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Publisher: Teacher’s Professional Resource, LLC
Review last updated: August 2013 

Who’s Counting is a math practice card game in which players create equations from playing cards with numbers 1 through 12 and operator cards for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. But there’s more to it that sets it apart from other math card games that involve creating equations.

Who’s Counting is the most well developed equation card game I’ve yet seen. The packaging is very classy. The cards, instructions, and a score pad come in a very sturdy, colorful box. The cards have full color on their backs while their faces are printed with from one to three colors. Cartoon drawings illustrate the blue and red “special cards.”

As in other equation games, players use cards in their hand to create equations, and those equations can include up to three operation cards and two to four number cards. Players try to produce the highest number with their equation rather than targeting a certain number. That number is the base of their score. They also get bonus points for the number of operations included. It’s up to you whether or not to require players to follow the normal order of operations (multiply or divide then add or subtract) since there are no parentheses. Just make sure the order of operations rules are clear before you begin. Either way, players should explain the calculations for their equation to demonstrate how they arrived at their answer. You might have a calculator on hand to quickly check work, but you might want to require that even the checking be done mentally or with pencil and paper.

To make the game more interesting there are blue and red special cards—four types of each. Red cards are played on an opponent’s turn. A “Negative” card turns the opponent’s equation total into a negative amount. “Steal” cards give the player’s points to the player with the lowest score. “Split” cards split the player’s score with the person playing the card. “Zero” cards cancel out points that would have been earned on that turn.

Blue cards are played on the player’s own turn. “Stop” cards counteract any red card played against the player’s equation on that turn. “Double” cards double the points. A “Choice” card may serve as a number or an operator to help a player create a better equation. “Extra turn” cards gain the player an extra turn. In addition to the blue and red cards, “Super” cards act as wild cards. Then to make it even more interesting, four of the red cards have a Green Goo symbol, and these cards cannot be stopped by one of the blue “Stop” cards.

As you can see, students have to do a good deal of mental math to work on creating equations with the highest value—great math fact drill in disguise. The extra cards introduce elements of chance while also training players to think about strategic use of their cards.

From two to six people can play at one time and players should probably be about third grade and up. While elements of chance help to level the playing field, you might consider having an older player pair up with a younger one to create a fair game among your own family members.

While I love some of the computerized math drill games for mastering math facts, I really like interactive games like this that require much more mental math fact manipulation and thinking skills.

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The Teacher Garden: Who’s Counting? Math Game

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I just looooove “tricking” students into educational things with a game. 🙂 I find that when we play a game in class, kids will leave at the end of the period saying, “That was SO cool. We didn’t even DO anything today!” {This even happened with my freshman students when I used to teach English!}
They’re having so much fun, they don’t even realize we’re learning or reviewing! *cue evil laugh* Muah hah hah haaaaa!

When I was offered the chance to review the “Who’s Counting?” math game, I jumped on it!

The game arrived in a cute little box […].

There’s a story line on the back of box… it’s about a scientist that was experimenting and made a mistake. His mistake brought on the “Green Goo” to save the community of Whozits. Honestly, the plot doesn’t really go with the game to me, and I was a little turned off by it. But if you can ignore that, this seems like a fun game for the students.

2-6 players can play this game at a time. To play, students pass out 7 cards to every player and put the rest in the middle {similar to Go Fish}. The first player puts down some of her cards — the idea is to make an equation that amounts to the highest number possible. She can lay down anywhere from 1-3 operations but cannot lay down more than one multiplication card. She can also lay down two to four number cards. From there, she can lay down a special blue card {like the “doubles,” which doubles the answer to your equation}. Afterwards, she asks the other players, “Who’s counting?” Any of the other players can lay down one of their special red cards {like the “steal” card, which causes all the points from this turn to go to the player with the lowest number of points}. The winner is the person who has the highest score after 20 minutes of play — or — the first player to reach 500 points.

Honestly, I was a little overwhelmed with all the instructions when I first opened the package. It seemed too complicated for what should be a simple math game. However, I will say that once my husband and I sat down and played it, it was pretty easy to get the hang of it.

The box says the game is suitable for players 8 years old and up, and I totally believe that. There’s a strategy to this game that had even my husband and I getting a little too competitive!

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About.com: Who’s Counting: A Common Core Math Game

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“Are you looking for a common core math game to help your students become great at math? Then you must check out the game “Who’s Counting” A Whozit Game by Teachers Professional Resource. This numbers game reinforces addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication skills by having players create equations and use strategies to score points and beat their opponents.

Why I love it

  • It’s aligned with the common core standards
  • It helps students develop their math skills
  • It requires students to use their problem solving skills
  • It encourages strategic thinking
  • It requires students to work together.

Who’s Counting is  easy to play, deal out seven cards, organize your hand by color to create a reasonable expression, then be the first to get the highest number of points to win! Teachers love it because it helps their students become fluent math thinkers and you can tailor the game to suite the needs of your class.

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The Accidental Homeschooler: Who’s Counting Math Game

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“Today I’m giving away a fantastic find that recently came my way–a math game called “Who’s Counting?” I was immediately intrigued because one of the areas that I fall short in my homeschooling is making math fun. I can make grammar and spelling fun, but math is an area where I lack creativity, so I have to rely on things other people have come up with to make it really have that “spark” factor. After playing the game with my husband and kids, we all declared the game a winner, and Matty, the winner of the game! We will definitely be incorporating this into our school activities, but it was an excellent way to spend family game time! What a great find!

The game is a card game that could best be compared to UNO in its concept–there are cards that can be played for points and cards that other players can play against you to thwart your progress. Once the rules are mastered, it can be as fast-paced as the ability of the players will allow. At first glance the game looks promising–we’re thinking this looks fun and engaging, and the premise is appealing to kids–math-loving Whozits in the land of Wherezit are threatened by a green goo. The players stop the green goo by using their best math strategies.

The directions are simple enough that my 11-year-old son was able to explain them to us. In brief, each player is dealt 7 cards that include green number, white operation, blue “power-up” and red “who’s counting?” cards. Players attempt to use the cards in their hand to build an equation (whole numbers only) that will add up to the most possible points. They may also play a blue “power-up” card that may double their points, provide them with a wild card option, or stop another player from playing a “who’s counting?” red card. The object of the game is to reach the highest number of points in 20 minutes or 500 points, whichever comes first.

The game is for 2-6 players and the recommended ages were from 8 to adult. My 7 year old daughter played on a team with Dad, which was a great approach because she cannot multiply and divide yet. She thoroughly enjoyed the game and used her addition, subtraction and skip-counting skills to their maximum (She can skip count numbers through 12, and is starting to understand how this leads to multiplication). My 11 year old son had no problems at all, and kept exclaiming, “This is really fun!” We decided to ditch the 20-minute rule because we forgot to set a timer, but we were also having so much fun that we wanted to get to 500.
There are several reasons this game was a huge hit. First, the concept was simple–build good equations, try to have as many operations as possible for bonus points, and get the highest score possible. Second, the game had variables in it to keep it interesting. The blue cards were fun because we could double our score or help ourselves with a “choice” card which could be any number or operation. The presence of red cards kept us biting our nails to see if we would be thwarted when we asked, “Who’s Counting?” Finally, as we played the game we began to see strategies that would really help in scoring higher points, even when we had only subtraction or division cards in hand. Math skills, logic, and strategy? Bonus!

My husband, who is not a game person at all was skeptical at first, but found himself thoroughly enjoying the game and time with the family. The kids wanted to play another round, but it was getting past bedtime, so we’ll be playing again very soon!

A few more points…This is an award-winning game by Teacher’s Professional Resource, LLC, that does what it says it does–builds math skills. If you are interested in CCS (Common Core Standards) the game aligns with CCS to build mental math skills, collaborative problem solving, construction of viable arguments, mathematical decision making and estimation, attention to precision, and abstract and quantitative reasoning. Even if you are not interested in CCS, the game still does all that!”

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Chocolate Covered Boy Joy: Who’s Counting Math Game

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“Who’s Counting is all about computing.  It’s a fun game to practice math facts and learn about the language of math.  The object of the game is to accumulate the most points through creating math equations.  Each player gets 7 cards and must use them to come up with math equations.  Multiple operations garner more points. Even keeping score is an exercise in computing.  First you write down your equation, add your bonus points and special cards, then you get a total.  Ordinarily, this exercise might elicit a moan or a groan.  But since it’s keeping score and inching the player closer to a winning score, it’s good, old-fashioned competitive fun.  Everyone gets to keep a score card too!

I’ll admit, when I tried out the game with a group of students, we were all a bit confused.  The directions are endless.  A video of a group of children playing the game with all the possible scenarios of the rules would have been very helpful.  Otherwise, you can lose the interest of the children rather quickly.  So I searched around on the website and found a video to thoroughly familiarize myself with the rules beforehand.  Still, it was a lot to remember.

The object of the game is to score the highest points making equations with playing cards.  Equations utilizing multiple operations earn more points.  As the title might suggest, a player who ends up with special cards, gets to perform additional operations, such as the doubles cards which doubles your points.  Attaining a high score is a real incentive to get your math correct.

To encourage my little guy, I had my older son and husband play the game with us.  The game appeals to varying levels of math students, and encourages children to employ multiple operations in their expressions to earn the highest points.  After playing the game many times, LionHeart, who loves card games, knew all of the operation symbols. LionHeart can sniff out “school” work like a blood hound, but found this game to be challenging, yet fun.

Before we started the game, I made sure to read The Whozit Story so that the children understood the importance of making sure math calculations are correct.  In the story that goes along with the game, a miscalculation is what began a whole series of issues for  the Whozits family.  Now they must be saved from the Green Goo.  My creative child loved this challenge.

The Who’s Counting game reinforces math skills that only get better with lots of repetition. Mental math, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and strategy skills all get a workout with this game.This is a great game to pull out during the holiday season to keep math skills fresh.”

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