Today I tried a war type game, and it turned out great (until in the middle of the lesson the office made an announcement saying we were on rainy day schedule and to take your kids to lunch NOW. So we scrambled like maniacs to make it to the cafeteria. PS- It was not, I repeat, was not, raining...???)! Nothing like rainy day schedule to turn the sweet little kiddies into wild turkeys!!!
Here's what we did (before the interruption):
Kids were on teams with a board. The first team picked three playing cards (I took out the face cards and 10s) and tried to make the largest number they could.
The second team picked three cards from the deck and made the largest number they could.
All of the kids filled out their boards (these were copied placed in sheet protectors so they could erase and re-write) and decided who had the greater number. Whichever team got the greater number got to keep all the cards from that round and put them in a pile.
We did this until all of the cards were gone, and whoever had the most cards in their pile won. :)
The kids were super duper engaged and (I think/hope) they learned something about place value!
I was also able to *easily* differentiate this activity... my "I Don't Know But I'll Shout it Out Anyways" group (thanks Kristin!- you couldn't have said it better!) picked two cards for two digit numbers, my right there group picked three cards for three digit numbers, and my "Bill Gates" group picked four numbers for thousands.
Here's a cutsie board if you want to use it!
***Google Docs is not working for me. :( If you want the board, just leave me a comment with your email and I'll be happy to email it you! Sorry!!!*** Google Docs is working for me now now!!! Click the pic to get the download!!! :)
Any other ideas you have or resources you know of to work with place value??? I'd love to hear about 'em!!!
Also... My favorite question from today: "Mrs. P..." (Sucks up a big whiff of air through his nose...) "Do you smell that???" (Another whiff of air...) "It's a real warm.... horse poop smell." In our classroom.