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Suitable for UK Key Stage 2, 3, 4 & 5 - USA 2nd to 12th Grade (Age 7 - adult)
Recommended Minimum System: PC, Windows 95/NT4 or better e.g. XP, Vista, Windows 7, (Mac users click here), 16MB Ram, Pentium 166.
Clock Tables is my Clock Patience card game adapted to a program for helping to learn the times tables. The idea of using the Clock Patience or Clock Solitaire card game in this way, comes from Leigh Newton.
Times tables or multiplication tables as they are also known, are really the building blocks of mathematics. Like your ABC, everyone should try to master the times tables, so that they know them off by heart, at least up to the 10 times tables. It cannot be stressed enough how important they are in every day life. Even just going shopping you will find that the multiplication tables in your head will prove extremely useful. Once you have mastered them you will also find that other areas of math become easier to understand and your ability to do sums in your head will increase. Mental arithmetic is so important as we don't always have pen and paper to hand. Once memorized, the times tables will be a huge benefit in the level of your intelligence, ability to learn and in logical decision making. You will also find it easier to add up and subtract in your head, once you know your multiplication tables, such is their usefulness.
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To play the game you have to find all
the cards for each position of the clock without turning over all four Clock Centres. The four clock centres are the cards with a blue dot in the middle. There are 52 cards as in a normal pack, 4 for each position. Reveal all
four Clock Centres before finding all the others and the game is over.
On the first screen there are 12 buttons, one for each table. Click on the table that you would like to try. On the main screen the cards are laid out in the form of a clock. On each card is the answer for each of the problems i.e. if you select the 2 times table, 24 will be at the 12 o'clock position (2 x 12 = 24) at the top, 12 at the bottom or half past position (2 x 6 = 12) etc.
The cards are all ready dealt face down and randomly, so they are not in the right order. Basically you start by left clicking on the card which reads Click Me in the
middle and it will turn over. Holding your left hand mouse button down and with the pointer over this card, drag it to it's correct pile in the clock face. If it is the correct pile then the card will be placed at the bottom of that pile. A new Click Me card will then appear in the centre for you to continue. You then drag and drop this on to the right pile and so on.
The game is over when you have placed all the cards in the right place before finding all four Clock Centres or when all the Centres have been revealed. You will notice that points are added when you drag the card to the correct place. The quicker you find the right place the more points you score up to a maximum of 1000 for each card (I defy anyone to get 1000 for each one, you would have to move at the speed of light!!!). Score a high enough number and earn a certificate. If this happens, a rolled up certificate will appear. Click on it to access your certificate. A button will appear at the end of the game to let you play another game. You can view the Certificate Screen by selecting it in the top menu under Options. If you want to start from the beginning then click New in the top menu under Game. To Exit the Game select Quit in the same top menu.
Play Mix Up - By clicking this button on the main screen, the card answers will be jumbled up, making the game much more difficult. Playing the game this way scores double points for each correct answer.
You can choose Certificate Screen from the top menu at anytime to take you to the certificate but try and get as far as you can in each table before you select this option. It shows your score and your name, which is taken from the saved game. You can print this out by clicking the print button in the bottom right hand corner. You can also press the back arrow button on the certificate page, which will take you back to the game. Choosing New Game in the top menu will also take you back to the opening screen but the game will have been restarted so you will lose any score you have.
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