Place Value Game with Cards
Teaching place value with a place value game with cards will help make learning exciting for the kiddos!
"Place Value Concentration"
- Cut out the games cards. There are a total of 72 game cards (6 per page) on the 12 pages. You may want to laminate the cards to make them last for quite a bit longer.
- Put all 72 cards into one pile and shuffle the cards thoroughly.
How To Play:
- Select a player to the deal the cards face down on the table.
- The first player turns over any three cards from the pile of face-down cards, one by one, and lays them down in the same spot.
- The player is trying to find a match: three cards that have the same number written in three different forms: standard form, base ten, and written form.
- On any given player's turn, three possible scenarios are possible: 1) a player turns over three cards and all three cards are a match. 2) a player turns over three cards and two out of the three cards match. 3) a player turns over three cards and no cards match.
- If all three cards are a match, the player picks up the three cards and places them in a pile next to her. If all three cards are a match, the player is rewarded by getting to take another turn right away, before the next player takes their turn.
- If two of the three cards are a match, the player picks up the two cards that are a match places them in a pile, face-up next to her. The third card that is not a match is returned to its face-down position, and play continues with the next player.
- If none of the three cards match, all three cards are returned to their face-down position and play continues with the next player.
- The game is over when all the matches have been found. At this point, all of the players count their cards and the winner is the player with the most cards!
A great game you can adapt to the level of you class or child. Help with Ones, Tens, Hundreds, Thousands, and Ten Thousands place, etc. It can even be used to practice decimal place value as well. I'll get to that one further down the page.
Number Of Players: 2 - 4 players.
What You Need:
- A regular deck playing cards per pair with the face cards and jokers removed. ** If the game will involve the Thousands, it's good to use a second deck of cards so the the cards don't run out as quickly.
- Game Markers for each player (buttons, coins, etc)
Instructions For Play:
Select a player to shuffle and deal the cards evenly to each player. Each player places their cards in a face-down pile in front of them.
- Each players turns over the top card of their face-down pile and decides whether they want to place it in the Hundreds, Tens, or Ones place. For example,
- Each player turns over their second card and of their two empty places remain, decides where to place.
- Each player turns over their next card and place it in the last place. The player with the highest number wins that round and places a marker on a circle of their game board.
- Repeat the same process until a player places a marker on the last circle (smiley face - circle) of their game board. The first player to place a marker on their last circle wins the game!
Next up - A decimal place value came with cards...
"Place Value War" - 'Decimal Version'
So this is the same idea as the "place value war" game above, except it's geared toward students working with decimals and place value! Decimals can sometimes be a bit tricky for kids, so this is a great decimal place value game with cards to add to your tool box.
The rules for the decimal version are the same as the place value war game above.
This time, each players turns over the top card of their face-down pile and decides whether they want to place it in the Ones place, Tenths place, or Hundredths place.
Below is another fun place value game with cards where players see who can build the largest numbers and smallest numbers with four cards.
Another Place Value Game with Cards...
"Number Builder" - Place Value Game
- Print off a game board, and give one to each player.
- Print off and cut out the game cards
- Shuffle and deal the cards evenly to each player.
How To Play:
- Shuffle and deal four cards face down to each player. Put the remaining cards in a pile face down in the middle of the players.
- Each line of the game board is one round of play. For example, in the first round, on game board 1, the players are to Build the Largest Number possible with the four cards in their hand.
- Each player arranges places their four cards in the four empty spaces on their game board to create the largest number they can. Once all the players have placed their four cards down, each player compares their number with the other players. The player with the largest number wins the round. The winner of the round puts a marker in the marker circle to the right of the four boxes.
- The dealer deals four more cards face down to each player and places the remaining cards face down in middle of players. Each player tries to build what is listed in the next row. For game board 1, the players are to Build the Smallest Number possible with the four cards in their hand. After all each players build their number, players compare numbers, and the player with the smallest number wins the round.
- Plays continues the same way for each round, with the winner of each round placing a marker to the right of the four numbers as stated above. The player who has won the most rounds for that game board is declared the winner!
Math games, and in this case, place value games, can make a huge difference for your students! Whether they're learning about whole numbers or decimal numbers, math card games are a quick and easy way to get kids engaged with the place-value concept.
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