Place Value Game: "Pass it Over" A game to build large numbers

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Teaching large number place value gets tricky because students start to lose their ability to visualize big numbers. The more place value experiences we can give them, the better! Place value games are one way to accomplish that--and this one is low ink, easy to play, and low prep!

Students shuffle the “deck” and deal 5 cards to each player. Their job is to make the largest possible number in their hand without letting others see. When everyone is ready, each player selects ONE card to draw from an opponent's hand. Now students need to rearrange their cards to make the biggest number now that they have a new card!

When all players are ready, everyone will lay down their 5 digit number, read it aloud, and decide which player had the biggest number. That player gets a point. Students can decide to play the best of 5 rounds, for a certain amount of time, or until one player wins a set number of rounds (like 3).

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read and write multi-digit whole numbers using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form. Compare two multi-digit numbers based on meanings of the digits in each place, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons.
Use place value understanding to round multi-digit whole numbers to any place.


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