The directions are mostly for my convenience, since the kids seem to remember them more than I do! I made a binder for each grade level and matched it to the color of a particular grade level basket.
I went through all of the games in grades 2-5 and jotted down the different number card combinations needed.
If you use Everyday Math and would like labels like these for your playing cards, please see below for the file.
Click here to download the playing card labels. These will print on 2″ by 4″ labels.
The game labels shared in Math Games Library, Part I show which number cards are needed. So when my students grab a game from the basket, they refer to the label on the game, then get the cards they need. This has saved us SO much time in sorting through entire card decks for particular number cards. I hope it can help you as well!