Place Value Card Game
06222011, 06:27 AM


I do this whole class, but you can also do it as a center. Each student has a piece of paper that they fold to create boxes, we usually do 8 boxes with a half size sheet of paper. They unfold it, then in the first box, put a line for each place value you want to practice to. For example, if you want to practice to the thousands place,
you put _ _ _ _ in the box.
Next, one person calls either greatest value or least value for the round.
Then, you display one card at a time. Each student playing has to make a decision about where to place it to make the largest or smallest number they can. It's also important that they use a crayon, marker or pen for this game so that they can't change their answer!
After everyone playing writes the digit drawn on their paper, another card is drawn and the procedure is repeated. When all the places are filled, they sort the playing cards drawn into the correct order for the round, least or greatest and then a winner is declared.
I don't even emphasize the winning part but we do talk about why we place the digits to achieve the best answer and how probability plays into the game. It's easy to learn to play and it really gets them thinking about the value of the digit. My students really like it.
