Teacher Mama: What’s the Number? A Place Value Guessing Game

What’s the Number? A Place Value Guessing Game

Boy Mama Teacher Mama | What's the Number? A Place Value Guessing Game

This is a fantastic game to help children with place value.  Here’s how….


templates (click here for more details or to purchase templates)
contact paper or lamination
dry erase marker


Print the templates. Cut along the dotted line on the millions page and discard the excess paper.

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Glue or tape the three templates together so they look like this. Note: these templates are printed in pieces on purpose. When working with younger students/children you will want to begin with only the hundreds, tens and ones portion. As students become more proficient and with older students you can add the other two pages on to add more of a challenge.

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Laminate or cover with contact paper for multiple uses.

How to Play

 Decide how many digits you are going to work with and cover up the extra space so they are not distracting.

Hang the game board on the classroom board or lay it on a table  in front of a small group.

Choose a number and write it on a slip of paper (or just remember it).

Have the first player choose a number and a place. For example, she might say,  “Is there a one in the hundreds place?”

The teacher/adult then answers either “Yes” and writes the number in the hundreds place or

Boy Mama Teacher Mama: What's the Number? A Place Value Guessing Game

says “No” and crosses off that number in the small box below the hundreds place.

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Note: Having this box and keeping track of incorrect guesses, models organization skills and keeps students from guessing what others have already guessed.

The game continues in this manner until all the digits have been guessed and the final number is complete and shared.

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Templates available for purchase. Click the following link for details or to purchase:

What’s the Number: A Place Value Guessing Game from Boy Mama Teacher Mama

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