Age Level: Grades 2-6
Learning Objectives: Exercise knowledge of both addition and subtraction 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 only. 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 - 7 + 8 - 1. The remaining cards in this player's hand are +3, -4, and -7.
5 + 2 + 3 - 1. The numbers 5, 2, and 3 have been changed from negative numbers to positive numbers by the use of the sign change cards. Player 2 has no more cards in her hand, therefore there is no need to discard. Play moves to the left.
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 2 was first to create this equation. Below is a picture of each equation she used from 9 to 0.