Tripoly in the Classroom

Screen Shot 2016-06-21 at 6.21.12 PMHello Everyone,

A few days ago, a family friend passed away and while I was getting some pictures found for the family I came across our box of the game, Tripoly. For those wondering, Tripoly is essentially three card games in one: Hearts, Poker and Michigan Rummy. The game requires a 52-card deck with no Jokers. The Tripoley game board that has labeled sections like “Pot,” “Kitty” and numerous card values. Chips are placed on those sections while players try to win them through the game. Gerry a few years ago during a party at his daughter’s house showed us how to play Tripoly as he had played it several times before. We had a wonderful time that night, I even beat Gerry twice during two hands. We never got a round to play it again as we wanted Gerry to help us get started, but sadly the chance never came up again. Finding the box the other day brought back a ton of memories and I also realized you can use it in the classroom for Math. So, here are a few math lessons you can teach using Tripoly.

  1. On the first round with Hearts, have each students put in a chip from 1-25. Then they are given their 13 cards. Have them remove any 2 of diamonds from their hands. The players who have a 2 of diamonds. Have them multiply the chip number they put in by 2. Then the students have to break down the larger number through a number tree. The player who breaks the number down the fastest wins the chips.
  2. With the Poker round, have each student put their next set of chips in the “kitty” spot and then they have to draw their highest card. The player who has the highest card wins. Continue this until each of the 5 cards are used up. The player with the most cards then wins the kitty.
  3. Finally, during the round of Michigan Rummy, have the players get another set of 5 cards and then they must place them from lowest to highest. The player who has the lowest set of cards wins the final round.

This math gamificaion teachers number trees, less than and greater than math skills. Another way to use Tripoly is for Odds and Evens.

  1. Start the first round as usual but instead of just putting in a chip, students have to put in an odd number chip, such as 1, 5, 15 or 25. After they get their set of cards, they have to put down an even card. If one student doesn’t have any even cards to put down. They have to lay down cards that will equal an even number. They can add, subtract, multiply or divide to get their even numbers. This continues until all cards are played. The player with the most played cards is the winner.
  2. During the poker round, an even chip is placed in the kitty section and now the players have to lay their 5 cards down with an an odd number, but if they don’t have an odd number to lay down. They have to use the same rules as the first round to get an odd number.
  3. Finally during the final round, the players can use their choice of laying down an even or odd number in the Tripoly bowl and must lay down their cards in either an odd or even order to win the final round.


The chips can then be later used for classroom XP Points or traded in for classroom treats or rewards. These are just two examples of using Tripoly for your classroom. Give it a try today.






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