Place Value Math Games

February 3rd, 2015 by Dionna | Comments Off on Place Value Math Games
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Recently, I offered a Place Value Math Games class for one of our local homeschool cooperatives.1 Below are the resources and activities I used, along with source links.

I designed this class with first and second grade level learners in mind.

Place Value Math Games: Resources and Activity Ideas for A Homeschooling Cooperative Math Class

1. Base 10 Blocks

Start with an easy activity: count to 10. As you count, give each child a set of nine “ones” blocks. Then talk about how ten ones add up to the next base 10 block – the 10 rod.

Hand out the 10 rods and count by 10’s to 100. Give them the 100 blocks and count by 100’s to 1,000. (Each child should receive 9 one’s, 9 ten’s, and 9 100’s. I did not create “thousands” blocks, but we did talk about thousands.)

Choose different numbers and use the blocks and rods to represent them:

  • 47 = four 10 rods and 7 one blocks
  • 80 = eight 10 rods
  • 239 = two 100 blocks, three 10 rods, and nine 1 blocks
  • 751 = seven 100 blocks, five 10 rods, and one 1 block
  • 64 = six 10 rods and four 1 blocks

Using the blocks and rods, ask the following questions after representing each of these numbers:

  • The number just before is:
  • 10 more than this number is:
  • This number is odd/even:
  • 10 less than this number is:
  • The number just after is:

As you talk about each number above, have the kids take turns writing the number on a white board. Emphasize where the numbers are in the ones, tens, and hundreds spots.

*I made my base 10 blocks using a rotary cutter set and construction paper, but you can find templates online, such as this one, to print and cut out.

2. Hundreds Houses

Printe and laminate “Hundreds Houses” using this template from The Destitute Teacher.

Talk about how the numbers 1-9 go in the ones spot, 10-99 go in the tens and ones spots, and 100-999 go in the hundreds, tens, and ones spots.

Take turns rolling dice. Experiment with where to put the numbers on your Hundreds Houses, then read the numbers out loud together. (Use dry erase markers on laminated cards, but wipe it off promptly!)

3. Poker Chip Bankers

Use poker chips to play bank. White chips represent ones, red chips represent tens, and blues chips represent hundreds.

Practice letting the kids use poker chips to represent different numbers. For any child who has trouble with the poker chips, try the homemade base 10 blocks instead.

Once the kids are comfortable representing numbers with chips, have one child be the banker and another be the customer. The customer rolls a die three times, arranging the number as she chose on a Hundreds House (we used dice from the Boggle Jr. Numbers game so that we had 0-9 represented, but you could use regular dice instead). The banker then gives the customer that much “money” using either poker chips or homemade base 10 blocks.

*This idea came from Primary Education Oasis.

4. Place Value Stomp

Play Place Value Stomp for some whole body learning (idea from Creekside Learning).

Make place value grids on the floor with painter’s tape (up to thousands), marking the place values on the grid with marker. Use a deck of cards for numbers (ace = 1, 10 = 0). Give each child four numbers and challenge them to do different things (make the biggest number, the smallest, put numbers in ascending order, descending order). Once their numbers were in the grid, have the kids take turns stomping/hopping on each number as they say the whole number aloud.

5. Place Value Shuffle

Use the tape grid on the floor with boxes for thousands, hundred, tens, and ones. Give each child a number (use playing cards or notebook paper). Call out a number and let the kids choose what box to stand in. After the boxes are full, have the kids figure out what the numbers are.

6. Place Value Race

Set up a tape grid on the floor for each child playing. Each child needs a suit of cards, ace through 10 (ace = 1, ten = 0). Call out numbers, the kids find the cards to put in the grid. Ask the kids to arrange them in a way to get the biggest or smallest number, first one to finish correctly wins.

7. Place Value Game

Play the Place Value Game using a free template from Pumpkin Patch. Use cards or dice (we used dice from the Boggle Jr. Numbers game), and let the kids decide where to put the numbers on their boards, one by one. They cannot erase a number once they write it down, and they can only reject one number.

*This was by far my group’s favorite game.

8. Place Value Worksheets

The last activity we did was a worksheet I created based on Place Value Activities, a free PDF download from Primary Education Oasis (scroll down to the end of that link for the download). This download is an awesome resource – I printed the whole thing off for my son to do on his own time.

Other Resources

Photo modified with permission from Pink Sherbet Photography via Flickr Creative Commons.

  1. I wrote a series on how to create your own co-op, check out part 1, part 2, and part 3 for info.

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