Last year, I was fortunate enough to attend a NCTM (National Council Teachers of Mathematics) conference in Minneapolis, MN. One of the booths that was represented was a booth from Box Cars and One- Eyed Jacks. (Their website islocated here)
I bought some of the coolest place value dice. They were about 50 cents each and you can buy them online also. Each of the dice had a particular number on them -see the picture below.
So when I got back home, I tried to think of something to do with these awesome dice. At the time, we were working on adding and subtracting decimals so I made the worksheet above. In it, the kids received one each of the tenths, hundredths, and thousandths dice. Their job was to take turns rolling the dice and then adding them together. Once they got their numbers, they had to compare it to their partners. A colleague of mine suggested that they could compare their numbers and determine which had the largest decimal therefore hitting not one, but multiple common core standards at the same time.
The kids had so much fun with these dice. I bought several of the larger place value dice as well. My next task is to develop some additional games or worksheets for students to write numbers in standard, expanded and word forms with those.
This game is a fun game that reinforces evaluating order of operations with various grouping symbols. Designed for 5th grade, the game contains 20 problem cards, 20 answers cards. and directions for 3 different ways to play. Students can choose which game they would like to play or a teacher can vary the game based on needs of students.
May play with 2 – 4 players. I printed the cards off on card stock and laminated them to make them more durable to use year after year.
It is currently on my store at the following site. A great review for 6th grade and works as a homeschool game, a whole class game or a math center file folder game.
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.
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!