Promote active learning in your classroom with a decimal place value game.
Decimal Place Value Game
Are you looking for a fun, whole-class game that aims to build skills that involve decimal place value? Teach Starter has developed a fun activity that will get your students up and moving while learning at the same time!
This “Find a Decimal Who…” Game encourages students to find other classmates wearing a name tag with a decimal that fits each description on their recording sheet. Students will work to find numbers that fit descriptions such as:
- Has a zero in the tenths place
- Is equal to four tenths and one hundredth
- Has a value greater than one dollar
To play, each student will wear a decimal name tag visible to all classmates. Students will fill out their game board by finding classmates with decimals that match the descriptions in the corresponding boxes.
Through this activity, students will recognize that in a multi-digit number, a digit in one place represents 10 times as much as it represents in the place to its right and 1/10 of what it represents in the place to its left.
Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding
A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your math 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
If there are students who may benefit from additional support, consider partnering them up with a classmate to complete the activity.
➕ Challenge Fast Finishers
For students that need a bit of a challenge, encourage students to only use each classmate’s name once on their recording chart. This way, students will have to find a different decimal for each description.
Plan lessons for all ability levels with our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies!
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This resource was created by Madison Evans, a teacher in North Carolina and Teach Starter Collaborator.
Don’t stop there! We’ve got more activities and resources that cut down on lesson planning time: Practice comparing and ordering decimals to the thousandths place with this set of 16 task cards. Model decimals in various ways and use estimation skills to complete decimal calculations.
Comparing and Ordering Decimals – Task Cards
Daily Decimals – Worksheet
Practice comparing and ordering decimals to the thousandths place with this set of 16 task cards.
Model decimals in various ways and use estimation skills to complete decimal calculations.
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