Closest Number is a Place Value Game to Make Teaching Place Value a Little More Fun.

Closest Number .
A Numeration Game
for Number Strategies &
Estimation Skills

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This printable math game offers heaps of 'teachable moments' to discuss: addition strategies, subtraction strategies, estimation, place value and numeration. Print it out and have fun!

What You Need:

- 2 players
- 2 place value charts
- 1 deck of 'numeral' cards
- 1 deck of 'closest to...' cards
- 1 piece of paper for a tally sheet
- 1 pencil
- 2 calculators (optional)

NB In order that the game progress efficiently one player must look after the numeral cards while the other player looks after the 'closest number pile' & the tally sheet.

How to Play:

1. Players sit facing each other each with a place value chart in front of them.

2. Place the 'numeral cards' and the 'closest number to...' cards in two piles face down between the two boards.

Numeral Card

3. One player turns over a card from 'closest number' pile and reads it. This becomes the goal number.

Closest Number Cards

4. Players take turns to select a card from the top of the 'numerals' pile and place them on the place value chart so as to have the best chance at getting closest to the goal number.

5. Once each player has placed a numeral in the Hundreds, Tens and Units column the students calculate the difference between their number and the goal number. The person who is 'closest' to the goal number receives a point.

6. The winner of the game is determined by the first person to five tally marks.

NB this game has had a MAJOR remake since its debut in 2004. Check it out here.

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