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# Place Value Pool Math Game

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Concept: place value of ones, tens, and hundreds
Game Type: board game for 2-4 players
Includes: game board, 12 number cards, rules, instructions, and a bonus skill sheet

As adults we take for granted that the digit three in the number 342 stands for three hundreds. It seems so simple! But in actuality our number system is sophisticated and the product of thousands of years of human thinking.

It is crucial that children understand that a digit’s worth depends on its placement in a number. Without a firm grasp of place value, higher math like multi-digit subtraction, multiplication, and decimals become meaningless.

This game is designed to help children practice recognizing ones, tens, or hundreds in two and three-digit numbers. This would be appropriate to play after children have had several experiences developing the concept of place-value. In my classroom, I’ve found it to be a good review for quicker learners and a helpful support for my strugglers.

In this game, players race to get their marker around the board. The first player draws a card, rolls the dice, and moves to the appropriate square. Then he answers the question on his square. If his number card is 734 and he lands on the square that says, "How many ones are in your number?" the correct answer is "4." If he answers correctly, he stays on the square. If he answers incorrectly, he moves back to the space he was on previously. The first player to dive into the pool at the end of the board is the winner.

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