Activities and Lessons for Math

Race to 100 - a place-value game for three or four people
~Renee Goularte ~ original creator unknown

Materials Needed: a pair of dice and Base Ten Blocks, or, if not available, use dry lima or kidney beans for ones; popsicle sticks or straws for tens; one index card with the number "100" written on it.

Directions: The players consist of one banker and two or three players. At the start of the game, the banker has all the ones, tens, and the hundred card. The first player rolls the dice and adds the numbers. The banker gives the player the number shown on the dice, represented with beans. For example, if the player rolls a 3 and a 4, the banker gives him or her 7 beans. The next player rolls the dice and the play continues. At any point in the game, when a player has more than ten "ones" (beans), he must trade them in for a "ten" (a straw). For example, if a player has 8 beans and rolls a 4 and a 2, the banker gives the player six more beans, so the player will have 14 beans. At that point, the player must trade in ten of the beans for one straw. The game continues until one player reaches 100 and wins the 100 card. If players wish to play again, the banker becomes a player and the winner becomes the banker.

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