Saturday, August 25, 2012

Race to 100 Place Value Game

Looking for a great way to practice regrouping ones, tens, and hundreds? Here's a fun and easy game that only requires a die and some base ten blocks. If you've read some of my math posts you know that my district has adopted a new math series this year. I think its going to be really great once the students (and we teachers) become accustomed to the program and learn how it all works, but for now I'm having to really back up and teach some prerequisite skills so that my kiddos can be successful in our new program. Enter the Race to 100 game:
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All you need is a die and some base ten blocks. Players take turns rolling the die and collecting the number of cubes represented on the die. As soon as a player is able, he exchanges 10 cubes for a long. The first one to exchange 10 longs for a flat is the winner!

If you want a variation, I've also included instructions for Race to 1000! For an additional level of difficulty, add a die and have students collect two-digit values. For example, if they roll a 4 and a 5, they'd collect 4 longs and 5 cubes...or 5 longs and 4 cubes if they're thinking strategically. 

I don't think this is a "new" game. I read something similar in a book I borrowed, and adapted it to fit my needs. I hope you enjoy it!

Parts of this post are also featured on these blogs:
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  1. That seems like an awesome game for place value. Thanks for sharing it!

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  2. What a great idea. This will really help with regrouping in addition! Thanks for sharing. Amy

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