Lesson Plan Title : Roman Numerals

Age Range:

Grade 3 through Grade 5 (Elementary School)

Overview and Purpose:

The student will be able to recognize and name roman numerals up to twenty.


Two halves of an index card for each student


Pass out two halves of an index card to each student and have them write the Roman numeral 'I' on one, 'II' on another, all the way up to twenty.

Divide the class into groups of three and have each triad combine and shuffle their cards, leaving them in a messy pile on the desk. Each student then draws one card and the student with the highest Roman numeral goes first. They all then draw cards from the pile and hold them in their hands so the others cannot see. If the first student has three matching cards then he can lay them down. If not, he picks another student in his group and asks if the student has a card that will match one of the cards in his hand. If the student does he must give it to him. If the student does not, he must pick a card from the pile. If he makes a match of three, he can lay the cards down. It is then the next student's turn. The student with the most matches at the end of the game is the winner. (Student's should be asking for the cards by their numerical value, not describing the Roman numeral. For example, do you have a five, not do you have a 'V'.)


This fun version of the popular card game can be used with any Roman numerals that are being studied. The amount of cards or people in the group can be increased or decreased based on the skill level of the students. This game also works well as a take home center.