Build a Thousand
for ages 6-12
Adding tens and hundreds to make 1000 (1000 as a landmark number)
K-5 “develop and use strategies for whole-number computations;
understand various meanings of addition and subtraction of whole numbers”
How to Play
1. Two players per game board. Players sit opposite each other, each with a side of the flip-up board facing them.
2. Players take turns spinning spinner.
• If spinner lands on a number (+10, +20, +30, +40, +50, +100) player takes that amount in base ten blocks. (If +10, then player takes one ten-block; if +20, then player takes two ten-blocks, etc.)
• If spinner lands on the word “draw,” student draws a card from the “Build 1000” deck, answers questions and follows directions on card.
3. First player to build a solid 1000 (without going over) wins the game.
Materials needed: (per pair of players)
1. Set of Base-10 blocks
(20 tens, 20 hundreds, optional 1 thousand block)
2. 1 Build 1000 game board
3. 1 Build 1000 spinner
-12 sections: +10 (x3), +20, +30, +40, +50, +100, DRAW (x4)
4. 1 deck Build 1000 “DRAW” cards
(16 cards in a deck)
- Half of cards in deck ask students to state their total, calculate what their total would be if they were to add 50, 100, or 200, then add that amount.
- Half of cards in deck ask students to state their total, calculate how much they need to complete the next hundred (then take that amount), or complete one thousand (then spin again).