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Confused about place value? Roll for the highest numbers you can in this exciting game. Soon the numerals will always fall into the right place.
If you were a grown-up, would you take a five-figure salary? What is the highest five-figure salary possible? The lowest? Although it will be a few years before you have to choose, it’s important to understand place value now. You need it to solve computation problems involving trading and when renaming money. Reading numbers such as 12,374,024 will be easier, too. Here’s a game to help you figure out how place values work.
Make a number cube. Shape a cube with Crayola Model Magic®. Press on dots of a contrasting color. Make sure the sums of opposite sides of the cube equal 7 (2 and 5, 6 and 1, 3 and 4). Dry your cube overnight.
Create a game board. Use Crayola Rainbow Twistables to give your paper game board an eye-catching title. With Crayola Washable Markers, divide the rest of your paper into columns and rows. The number of columns determines how high you will be rolling (five columns are for tens of thousands, seven columns are millions). How many rows are you ready to play?
Play your game! Roll the cube. Decide in which column to place the numeral and record it with a Twistable. Try to create the highest number you can in each row. Repeat rolling until all the columns in one row have been filled. Figure out what the highest possible number could have been if you had put numerals in different places. Repeat for each row.
What is your strategy? Write some of your strategies for playing Pick a Place Value. Display your completed game boards next to written strategies. Ready for some competition?
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