# Pin the Digits on the Donkey (Place Value and Expanded Form)

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Prepare for an old school throwback that will knock your students’ socks off! Inspired by the old school game of “Pin the Tail on the Donkey,” this game helps your students get ample practice placing digits in the correct place value columns to form a number. Instead of pinning the tail on the donkey, students will pin the digits of their number on the donkey.

The problem cards provided give your students a wide range of problems to practice. The cards will ask your students to construct numbers taken from: word form, expanded form with exponential notation, and even mixed numeral fractions. By the time your students are done playing this game, they will be masters of anything those test makers can throw out at them during testing time.

This activity works best when students are in groups of four (although it can be adapted to work in groups as small as two). Each group will break into teams. Unlike the regular ”Pin
the Tail on the Donkey,” with this version, teammates will need to help guide their partner to put the digits in the correct spot on the donkey. Depending on students’ abilities, they can play with or without a blindfold (and the spinning..ohh the spinning). For remedial work, students can use the teacher answer key provided to help reinforce the correct answers.

Pertinent Standards:
MCC4.NBT.2
MCC5.NBT.1
MCC5.NBT.3
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