- Playing Black Jack with my dad at age 4 or 5 in my grandmother's apartment in San Francisco (1967 or 1968)
- Mother's bridge parties (1969 to 1975)
- Playing Casino with my Nana while Merv Griffin hummed in the background
- Winking, biting my lip, and raising my eyebrows to signal my Mus partner that I had something good
- Spite and Malice with my sister anytime, anywhere.
- Flying and being given a deck of cards
- Again at 4 or 5 crawling over to my Aunt Polly's sleeping bag to see if she was awake enough to play Cribbage at the first sign of summer light
During our Probability unit in Algebra 2 I am amazed at how few students have experience with a standard deck of playing cards. They don't know about the four suits, the number of cards in the deck, how many of each suit there are, or even how to multiply by 13's. It seems such a part of my cultural literacy.
How have you translated "a standard deck of playing cards" with today's students? Is there some hip video game I am clueless about? Is there some new board game that is all the rage?