This game gives the students the opportunity to write numerals in standard, expanded and word form, while making strategic decisions and practicing basic addition skills.
To be the player to have the lowest numeral remaining after each player has taken a turn.
- One game board
- Two dice
- Nine cover pieces
- One recording sheet per player
Decide which player goes first by rolling one die and the player with the highest roll goes first. All of the numbers on the board are uncovered at the beginning of each turn.
How to Play:
The player rolls two dice and then covers up the amount on the dice or a combination of numbers to make the amount on the dice. For example if the player rolls both dice and gets a total of 9 he/she can either cover just the nine, or the 4 and 5, or the 1, 2, and the 6.
Then the player rolls the dice again and the same rules apply, but if a number is already covered it cannot be used again. Only one way to make the number can be used on each turn for instance if you roll a total of 7 you cannot cover the 7 and the 3 and 4.
If the remaining numbers left add up to six or less, only roll one die. Once the player rolls and cannot make a move to cover anything, his/her turn is over. He/she then says the number remaining, which becomes that player’s score and is then recorded by the player on the “Cover the Digits!” answer sheet. Remember you want as low a number score as you can get. If you keep rolling and cover up every number on the board you automatically win that round. You Covered the Digits!
Example: If your turn ends and the 1,4,5,6, and 9 are left your score would be 14,569. This is the number you will be working with on your recording sheet while the other players take their turns. Write your score on the top in standard form, say it aloud, and then write it in word form. Lastly write the number in expanded notation. The player with the lowest score after each player has gone once is the winner! That player goes first for the next round.