"I have 52 tens and 3 hundreds. Who am I?"
The idea of each digit in a number holding a place of value based in ten, clicks with the students using these riddles. The students have to really stop and think about the values in these riddles to make base-ten sense out of them. So the riddles have been just as effective when I have used them with math students struggling to understand the concept of place value as when I have used them with students ready for a challenge that extends their thinking about the value of a digit's place in a number.
The 53 riddles on these pages are written for numbers that go into the 10’s; 100’s; 1,000’s; 10,000’s; and 100,000’s place and present a variety of difficulty levels for students so that you will have riddles to spare for teaching, reinforcing, revisiting, and extension.