To play Division golf, your students will work in partners. Each pair of students will need a deck of cards with the J, Q, K, and Aces removed (keep only the numbers 2-9). To keep score, students will need a piece of paper and a pencil or a mini whiteboard.
Like real golf, the goal of Division Golf is to be the player with the lowest score (this score will be made up of the remainders you have when you divide).
First, shuffle the cards and place them face down. Player #1 draws three cards and uses them to create two numbers (one 1-digit number and one 2-digit number). The goal is the have the fewest remainders when you divide.
For example, suppose you draw a 9, 4, and 8. Here are a few of the different division expressions you could build: 94÷8, 98÷4, 48÷9, 49÷8, etc.
94÷8 would leave you with a remainder of 6. 98÷4 would leave you with a remainder of 2. 48÷9 would leave you with a remainder of 3. 49÷8 would leave you with a remainder of 1. Of the four expressions listed here, 49÷8 would be the best one to choose because it has the lowest remainder. This becomes Player #1’s score.
Remember, this is a golf game so the goal is to get the lowest score.
Players alternate turns. This game can be played for a specific amount of time, or it can be played like traditional golf where each player gets nine turns, and the player with the lowest score at the end is the winner.