Review the importance of place value with your students in this differentiated, dice game!
Students practice understanding the VALUE of a digit and how that’s different than a DIGIT.
Your pirate ship is on a mission to sink your opponent by “hitting” them with more cannons than they hit you with.
To throw a cannon, first you must roll your 4 dice. Arrange those 4 digits into any number you want, but trying to match the descriptions on the left. Write your number down. Each time you write a number down, you’ve launched a cannon.
If you can not make a number work for any category, choose one empty category to mark an X in. That means your cannon got backed up and didn’t work. ARRG!
Let your partner (the opponent!) take their turn.
Once you’ve both completed all your turns – this means you should have an X or a number written in each spot – then you can compare each category. Whoever has the greatest number “hit” the enemy ship. They circle their number and give themselves a point in the scoring area below. The pirate with the most cannon “hits” successfully sinks the enemy’s ship!
REMEMBER: The value of a digit is different than the digit itself. For example, in the number 345 the value of the digit 3 is really 300 – not just 3!