Place Value and Large Numbers – both give some of my students anxiety at the beginning of the year. We usually spend a couple of days reviewing previous knowledge of large numbers to the thousands place, while moving that knowledge along to the millions, billions and trillions.
This game was designed for my students to play while in small groups. The goal is a fun way for them to review and practice reading and comparing large numbers.
In this game, students take turns rolling dice. Each dice roll, gives the students a number to be placed in one of their empty place value positions. They can then put this number anywhere they want while also trying to figure out where it would give them the smallest or largest value, depending on the variation of the game.
Included in this game are directions for three different variations; partners competing to see who builds the largest number, smallest number or reads it correctly. There is also a score sheet at the end.
In round 1, student each roll the dice 4 times, trading turns between each roll, to build a number to the thousands place. If the teacher tells the students to get the largest number, the student whose number has the largest value will win the round and receive 1 point while their partner earns 0 points. As an added bonus, I tell my students they must also read their number out loud correctly to their partner. This helps my students build up their fluency of reading large numbers.
The rounds are designed to increase in difficulty as the game progresses. In round 1 students are playing to the thousands place, however rounds 4-10 they are playing to the millions place. My 5th graders loved it this year and it provided a great way to review those place value skills.
This is a free game on my teachers pay teachers store. All you need to do… Add dice!
Perfect for 4th & 5th Grade and that extra challenge to the those 3rd graders who need it! Enjoy!
For another great place value activity, please check out my post 3rd/4th Grade Place Value Task Cards
If you would like to see some other awesome games I use in my classroom, click any of the links below, or go to menu, Math is Awesome, Math Games.
- Remainders Wanted- Free Long Division Game
- Order of Operations- Matching Game
- Multiplication Strategies – Math Anchor Chart, Kahoot and Game
- Kahoot Introduction
- Free Place Value Online Math Games – Grades 4-6; Games with links and descriptions