This Free Place Value Games Printable is a fun interactive dice game that’s sure to get your kids excited about learning hundreds, tens, and ones. Download it for FREE to help your kids build and review place value learning!
Learning about place value can be a struggle without hands on activities. The concept of numbers having different values depending on the order they are written in is a pretty abstract one.
Students have gone from learning the numbers 0-9, and getting a matching quantity, with no need for place value understanding. They have learnt that the number 2 means you get 2 items.
But Place Value turns this idea totally upside down!
When kids start to learn about place value they are being told that what they learnt previously isn’t constant. They are now being told that 2 only means a quantity of two if it’s written in the ones place, and that in a 3 digit number the number 2 doesn’t represent 2 of something anymore.
In fact it has a very different value depending on if it’s the first, middle or last digit.
So you can totally understand the need for some math manipulatives and hands on learning activities to help kids transition into place value understanding!
Base 10 Blocks, or MAB are a must have math material for helping students with place value understanding. They will help students to link quantity to digits by physically building numbers in groups of hundreds, tens and ones.
To help your students build strong Place Value understanding we’ve put together these 4 fun, and rather cute FREE place value dice games that can be used with math manipulatives.
(Please be aware that Place Value Blocks are not suitable for students who have not grasped the idea of making 10’s and ones using bundling activities).
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Free Place Value Games
To get you started with teaching place value we have created this set of 4 FREE Place Value Dice Games. You can get the link to the place value printable games at the end of these instructions.
The free place value printable has been differentiated and includes 4 levels of place value activities for your to choose from:
- 2 digit whole number game for tens and ones
- 3 digit whole number game for hundreds tens and ones
- 2 digit decimal number game for ones and tenths
- 3 digit decimal number game for ones, tenths and hundredths
We’ve included dual spelling versions (colour/color) too!
These Place Value Classroom games will help students:
- Read, write & model 2 & 3 digit numbers (whole or decimal)
- Understand two-digit numbers as comprised of tens and ones/units
- Understand three-digit numbers as comprised of hundreds, tens and ones/units
- Apply place value to partition, rearrange and regroup numbers
- Write 2 & 3 digit numbers using words
- Use expanded notation to represent 2 and 3 digit numbers groups of hundreds, tens and ones
All you need to do is decide which version of the game you want to play and print onto colour cardstock or even regular copy paper. The games do need to be laminated or popped into a dry erase sheet so that students can make more than one number.
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Here’s a list of materials for the Place Value Dice Game Printable:
- copy paper or colour card
- laminate sleeves or reusable dry erase sleeves
- Base 10 materials
- 10 sided dice -0-9
- Dry erase markers & erasers
- Printable – link is below after how to play!
How To Play:
The Place Value Dice games can be played by individual students, pairs or small groups.
- Roll a 10 sided dice (0-9) to generate your 2 or 3 digit number. e.g. a 3 then an 8 is rolled
- Write the number onto the sheet using the dry erase marker. e.g. 3, 8, If playing in pairs the second player can either roll their own number or take the same digits and swap them around to compare place value, 8, 3
- Next collect the Base 10 manipulatives to represent the numbers rolled. e.g. 3 10’s and 8 ones
- Colour the materials in on the sheet.
- Then expand the number by counting how many 100’s, 10’s and ones pieces you coloured and write on to the sheet
- Write what your number would be in words
- Finally write your number in digits
- If playing with a partner compare how the numbers and materials are the same and different
- Use the eraser to clean the sheet and repeat!
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