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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Math Activity for Home - The Guess, Digit, Place Game

Digit Place Game

Here's a game we have played throughout the year. This game focuses children on the importance of the digits' positions in numbers, while also challenging them to think logically. We started with the very simplest version (2-digits) and are now challenging ourselves with 4-digit numbers.

To play this game at home, all you need is a partner, a piece of paper and a pencil.

Each person picks a two (or three or four) digit number with no two digits the same. Partners take turns guessing each other's numbers. Each time someone guesses, the other person tells how many digits in the guess are correct and how many of the correct digits are in the correct place. A chart (see below) is useful for keeping track of the information.

Let's say your secret number is 851.

Guess         Digit         Place
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293              0              0
356              1              1
296              0              0
251              2              2
etc.

Do not tell which digits are correct or in the correct place, just how many. Whoever guesses the other player's number first wins that round.

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