‘Highest Number’ is a fun strategy game that reinforces understanding of Place Value. It can be played as a whole class or within groups!
I enjoy playing this game as a whole class math warm-up. The aim of the game is for students to record the highest number possible on his or her Place Value Chart. I have included a range of Place Value Charts so you can differentiate the game according to the needs of your learners.
The teacher or group leader uses number cards or a 10 sided dice (0 – 9) to reveal a number. Players must decide where they will place that number on their chart. For example, if the number is a ‘9’ it would be logical to place that in the ‘higher’ columns. Once all players have written the number into the chart, a new number is revealed. Players cannot change the position of previous numbers once a new number is shown. Play continues until the place value charts are full – students who have the ‘highest number’ possible are the winners!
This game involves elements of both strategy and risk, and in my experience children love the excitement of not knowing what number will be chosen next! It is a simple game that reinforces place value understanding and also helps children to practice verbally saying large numbers.
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