Feb 11, 2010

Penguin Place Value

Here is another math game that we enjoy...
Penguin Place Value
This game is, in essence, one that you can find in Peggy Kaye's math book, but jazzed up a little with the penguin game mats and blue number cards. I also added in some just for fun cards that have a picture of a penguin on them and say things like: "toboggan" "fish" "waddle". The kids love to jump up and act them out. :)
Basically, the kids draw a card and decide which penguin to put it on. When all three penguins are full, they compare cards to see who wins. The winner keeps all six cards, and they play again. At the end of the game, whoever has the most cards wins. The strategy is in saving your 100 penguin for high numbers.
We also use this game for saying the numbers properly and helping Nate remember the order of 100s 10s 1s from left to right. He can remember that the 10s go in the middle, but he keeps confusing 100s and 1s. Somehow his brain thinks that place value should go from small to large, left to right, like he reads. It is also a struggle to get him to work his math problems right to left instead of left to right. This game helps with those problems.
If you click on the scribd button on the sidebar, you will find the mat and the cards to print.

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