Big Number is a place value math game that requires critical thinking and reasoning skills and provides motivation for the learner to practice place value by positioning random numbers on a game board to obtain the greatest number. Seven game boards are included in this ten page resource packet. The game boards vary in difficultly beginning with only two places, the ones and tens. Game Board #5 goes to the hundred thousands place and requires the learner to decide where to place six different numbers. All the games have been developed to practice place value by using problem solving strategies and intelligent practice. Several children’s books that talk about place value are listed at the end of the handout.
Since place value is a critical component for student performance in mathematics, if a student fails to understand it that child will have difficulty learning addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. It is an exciting game which is easy to adapt to any grade level, for a whole class, or a small group of children. Big Number can easily become a part of a math lesson or be used as a center activity.
I have played Big Number with primary and intermediate students as well as with middle schoolers. It is always one that my students eagerly look forward to with enthusiasm and consistently ask to play again!
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Digital Logic – A Place Value Math Game