Digit Place Game

Math Lesson Plan

Students will learn the concept that each digit has its own unique place within the whole number.

chalkboard, chalk


  1. Begin the activity similar in this manner:
    "We're going to play a game. I will pick a number and you will have to guess what it is. We are only going to be using 2-digit numbers. Who can give me an example of a 2-digit number?" Discuss responses. Discuss definition of "digit."
  2. Explain the game as follows:
    "I will pick a 2-digit number and you have to guess what it is. I am going to have a chart telling you how many correct digits were in your guess, and how many were in the right place. We will keep guessing numbers based on the previous responses until we get the right number. For example, pretend I chose the number 25, and one of you guessed 51. The chart would then look like this:"
    Number Digit Place
    51 1 0

  3. Continue with more examples, letting the children explain what to put on the chart. When you feel that the class understands, continue with the activity.
  4. Play the game as a whole group
  5. You also may want to let the students play in small groups.

Ask the students why each digit has to be in a certain place to make a number? Are 51 and 15 representing the same amount? Discuss how reversals aren't the same.

Were they able to play the game rationally? Could they explain why each digit has its own unique place?

More Lesson Plans

Draw a Scientist
Where Do You Live?
Predicting Story Outcome - June 29, 1999
Coming to America
Map Your House
Crows and Cranes
Pueblo Pottery
Day to Day Learning Guide
National Anthems of the World
Painting Music
Cuisenaire Fractions
House of H
One-difference Classification Train
LogoWriter: Create a Square
Makeshift Tambourines
Homemade Ice Cream
Perspectives in Writing
Picture This
Polygons: Angles vs. Sides
Our National Symbol
The Gettysburg Address
Macaroni Pattern Necklaces
Dancin’ Raisins
Melting Ice
Digit Place Game
Steal the Bacon
Have We Always Had Jeans?
Class Rap
Assembly Line
The Missing Word
O’Keeffe’s Flowers
MLK Internet Photo Timeline
Ones and Tens
Fact versus Opinion
Shoes: Practical vs. Fashionable
Where We Live
Cinderella Cinderella
Calculator Buying
Animal Alphabetizing
Bridge Building
The Olympic Rings
The African American Inventor
Can You Sell Your Cereal?
Class Ketchup
What is the Bill of Rights?