Age Level: Grades 4+
Learning Objectives: Exercise knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and pre-algebra facts and skill; put number cards together to form equations (the more complex, the better!).
In this tutorial we will show two players playing 9 Apples using the Base Game and the Booster Pack. We will show you typical hands of cards during game play, and how those hands may be used to create equations equaling the numbers 9 and 8 (the first two numbers that each player must create equations to equal). We will also show you all of the final equations created by the player who first got to the number 0, and thus ended the game.
First hand, Player 1:
Following shuffling and dealing 7 cards to each player, the first hand of Player 1 looks like this:
(-9 x -5) / 5.
NOTE: While there are no parentheses cards in the deck, the player may imply their use by placing the cards in groups, which will make it clear to the other players that these functions are being performed first.
The wild card (which may take any number value 1 through 9, or -1 through -9) stands for the number 5. The remaining cards in this player's hand are a sign change card, and a multiply card.
(9 / 3) + 6. The remaining cards in this player's hand are -9, -8, and -6.
Play continues with each player creating equations in reverse numerical order, from 8 to 7 to 6 and so on until one player creates a final equation which equals 0. In this game Player 1 was first to create this equation. Below is a picture of each equation she used from 9 to 0.