Ants in My Pants is a cute and engaging center game to add to your place value resource toolkit. Designed with the Common Core Numbers and Operations in Base Ten standard in mind, the game and follow-up activities provide your students the opportunity to practice collecting and grouping tens, recognizing that a ten is a group of ten ones, and that two-digit numbers are made up of tens and ones.
Played one-on-one, in teams of two, or individually, students roll a die and add ones to the ones pocket. Roll again, and add more. When ten ants are collected, players exchange this group for a ten and add the ten to the tens pocket. With each move, the flip chart on the pocket must be turned to reflect the number of ant tens and ant ones to support the connection between the manipulatives and the two-digit number they represent.
Prepping materials for each game does involve some printing, cutting, laminating and stapling (a pain, I know), but once each game is made it can be used again and again. :)
In addition to the Ants in My Pants Game, I’ve included 4 practice pages, and another tens/ones sorting activity called Scoop a Group. Use at your teacher table, as an assessment piece, or as another practice center.
- Cover page
- Game description, directions for prep, set up, and play
- Pants (color & outline only)
- Ant Tens (color & outline only)
- Ant Ones (color & outline only)
- Flip chart pattern
- 4 follow-up/homework sheets
- Ants (for scooping, sorting, and grouping)
- Ten frames and sorting mats
- recording sheet for scooping and grouping