What is Your Word Worth
I have seen games where children use money to determine the value of their name and I thought that it could easily be adapted to place value. This game is fun and engaging for children who are learning to count and add in base ten all while incorporating word work.
This set includes two alphabet charts of varying difficulty. Each letter of the alphabet is represented by a certain number of tens and ones. The students make words and write them on the recording sheet. They then draw the base ten blocks and count the value of the word they made.
This game is easily adaptable to students of various levels. Students who need to use manipulatives are able to do so, while students who have moved to more concrete levels may write a quick representation of tens and ones.
Start students by creating a list of two letter words such as: it, is, my, at, of, up, etc... The students represent each letter of a word by finding the letter on the chart. For example: “my” on one chart would be “m”(35) and “y”(13) so students would represent 35+13. They would then add the tens 30+10 to get 40 and 5+3 to get 8. 40+8=48
Race to see who can find the word worth the most. The least.
Once students master the two letter words, challenge them to make three letter words.
You can use this as a game like war. Write the words you would like your children to use on index cards and make a pile. Each player turns over a card, makes the word and determines its value. The person whose value is the greatest gets to keep the cards. The winner is the person who has the most cards collected at the end of the game.
You could have your students make high frequency words, CVC words, nonsense words, names. The possibilities are endless!