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Three and Four-Digit Place Value Memory Game

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PowerPoint, PDF | 1 page | Years: 3

Practise matching numbers in standard form, expanded form and word form with this memory-style place value game.

Practise Number Forms With a Place Value Game!

Are you looking for a place value game that strengthens your students’ understanding of different number forms? This memory-style game will encourage students to find numbers represented in different ways. Each match includes:

  • MAB
  • numerals
  • words
  • expanded form.

To play, shuffle the cards and spread them out face-down on the playing area. When it is a player’s turn, they choose any two cards to flip over. If the two cards are a match, the player will take the cards and keep them in their own separate pile. If the two cards are not a match, the player turns the cards back over in their original location. Each number has 3 potential matches, but only 2 cards will be turned over at a time. Four matching cards include 1 numerical form card, 1 base ten blocks card, 1 expanded form card and 1 word form card. Any 2 matches are acceptable. Continue to play until all matches have been found.

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your maths lessons. 

In addition to individual student work time, use this place value game to enhance learning through guided maths groups or whole class lessons.

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts: 

🆘 Support Struggling Students

Help students who need support by limiting the number of matches required. Rather than have 4 matching cards, limit it to either 2 or 3 cards. Additionally, invite students to reference previous assignments, posters, and anchor charts.

➕ Challenge Fast Finishers

For students who need a bit of a challenge, encourage students to write a number and then trade papers with a partner. Each student can then write and draw the different number forms.

✍️ Write the Room (Scoot Activity)

Hang sheets of chart paper around the room and post a card above each one. Individually, or with a partner, have students rotate around the room adding an additional number form to the paper.

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the colour PDF, black and white PDF, or editable PowerPoint or Google Slides version of this resource. 

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 


This resource was created by Lauren Blankenship, a Teach Starter Collaborator.

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