Decimal Bingo Game

Decimal numbers bingo gameIt's easy for bingo-type games to overtake mathematics... so I tend to avoid them! However, there are exceptions. This one gives children plenty of practice adding decimals and doesn't feel like it relies too much on chance. The children can use a host of mental math strategies while playing (it's not just a 'hunt and cover' game) and the whole thing feels more exciting and logical than most bingo/maths games.

Playing in a group, each child has their own 'Decimals board' and a set of counters. Each 'Decimal board' displays a set of 14 decimal numbers.

A number of digit cards are shuffled and placed face-down in the middle of the group.

Everyone takes it in turns to turn over a digit card (these display either 1, 1.5 or 2). As soon as the card is shown everyone checks their board to see if they can form the number displayed by adding together any two decimals on their board. If they can, the cover both numbers with counters.

Play continues until someone is fortunate enough to fill their board with counters.

 

Mathematics Decimal Bingo Game

Example:

In response to a '1', Joe played counters on 0.4 and 0.6 (green)

In response to a '1.5', he played 1.3 and 0.2 (orange)

In response to '2', he played 1.2 and 0.8 (blue)

[The colours are used here only for clarification]

 

Naturally, the children should be encouraged to talk about the sums they are creating. They could record their work too - but this is not necessary.

The downloadable file* features:

  • six different boards with one decimal place (0.1 to 1.9)
  • six different boards with two decimal places (0.01 to 1.99)
  • nine digit cards (1, 1, 1, 1.5, 1.5, 1.5, 2, 2)

download the school maths game - decimal numbers

Note: As usual, the rules can be easily adapted. The digit cards could also be replaced by a spinner or marked dice.

mathsticks+ members will be able to access an editable (.docx) version of this maths resource.

Please let me know how the game works for you. It is based on one I used several years ago for number bonds to 100.

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slade2417's picture

A really engaging game- a

A really engaging game- a great way to have fun with decimals!
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rhumphries's picture

Another fab resource! It's

Another fab resource! It's great to have a fun way to tackle decimals. Thank you
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lindash1's picture

Printing and laminating as I

Printing and laminating as I type!!! Wonderful game Thank you!
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johdu's picture

Good to hear this is going to

Good to hear this is going to be a useful resource... thank you for commenting.

Now - if only I had shares in laminating pouches!

John

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srgee's picture

This has saved me a lot of

This has saved me a lot of time! Thank you!
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ashmah's picture

 This is a great game to

 This is a great game to engage my kids. We have just finished making board games to do with fractions and probability and they found that really interesting. Next we might try to adapt this by creating our own card and board sets to swap with other groups and analyse what 'works'. How much is chance and how much is choice?! Great stuff!
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kittycot's picture

Thanks for another excellent

Thanks for another excellent resource; this site will be fantastic for ideas for my whole key stage 2 class!
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Miss_Erskine's picture

A great start point. My lower

A great start point. My lower ability will love this practical resource and I will be adapting it to use with rounding questions (as that is what we are working on this week). e.g. Find a number which will round to 1.
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A fabulous resource to follow

A fabulous resource to follow on from the work we have been doing. I will use this for a fun assessment task.
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This perfectly complements

This perfectly complements the number bond work we are doing! A great starter or plenary activity for later too!
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Shani's picture

Thank you for this resource.

Thank you for this resource. I am looking forward to using this for AfL tomorrow. I shall also add it to my box of activities for morning work. Thank you once again. :-)
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carlyrae's picture

 Excellent resource.

 Excellent resource.
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lilvix's picture

a fantastic resource for an

a fantastic resource for an extension for higher level children in year 4
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arnolds's picture

Thanks - Fun resource which I

Thanks - Fun resource which I intend to use with my children tomorrow. Just one point - I think one of the boards - one with two 0.99s on is possibly incorrect - not possible to match all numbers up. While I intend to give more confident children this as it is,  to see if they spot that this board is not fair, some children may find this frustrating if it is not ammended.
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johdu's picture

arnolds, That's a really good

arnolds,

That's a really good point (sorry, no pun intended). Now, I have finally made my way to this comment posting I'll look into amending the resource. It certainly looks like two lots of 0.99 should not have appeared on the same board.

Cheers,

John

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LOVE LOVE LOVE this

LOVE LOVE LOVE this activity!  I just stumbled upon mathsticks and I am realizing that I am addicted!  This will be a great activity for my enrichment group of students that are ready to move on, but will still apply to the other students once we reach adding and subtracting decimals. THANKS
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skecksi's picture

 Fantastic game! This is just

 Fantastic game! This is just what I need to engage my class as well as making them work!  Thank you!
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Mary Shields's picture

 This is yet another fabulous

 This is yet another fabulous resource. I cannot believe that I have found such a great website. It is certainly going to make my life a lot easier. Active maths is now part of our curriculum and you cannot believe the time I have spent searching for resources. Not any more. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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bevbowles's picture

This resource will be good

This resource will be good for my Y6 children. It's also good that I can differentiate. I'm sure this will make a change from the usual practice material that I use and thus keep the children interested. Thank you.
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obeseparrot's picture

 Useful for tenths. Must look

 Useful for tenths. Must look for a hundredths version now.
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johdu's picture

Thanks for your comments. I'm

Thanks for your comments.

I'm glad this will be useful to you. As to a set of maths boards for hundredths - the pdf does include a further six boards covering numbers to two decimal places. However, I notice that the digit cards do not go to hundredths! I'll see that this is updated asap.

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littlemisssunshine's picture

 I have just completed some

 I have just completed some work on decimals so this is ideal to check their understanding after half term. Thanks :)
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repreecedawson's picture

Just what I'm looking for for

Just what I'm looking for for my Year 5s to practice adding decimals mentally. Thank you.
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nwdee75's picture

This a great way to get my

This a great way to get my mixed year 5/6 class adding decimals and the different boards makes differentiation easier. We are going to have great fun with this in class tomorrow, thank you. Dee
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Ozgur's picture

What a great idea! My class

What a great idea! My class is going to love it  
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cmarett3's picture

O.K. This site looks like it

O.K. This site looks like it will be one that I will begin visiting often. I am just rather confused about exactly how to download something! Can you provide me with some directions? I already am excited to find the Decimal Bingo game as well as Decimal War.
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johdu's picture

Cmarett3, The download link

Cmarett3,

The download link is the brown/orange text under the label Attachment, at the bottom of the listing - this is only visible once you are logged in and a small white/orange arrow points up to it, like this:

download link - details

I hope this helps.

 

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kha16460's picture

Looks good, will try it out

Looks good, will try it out this week. I'm also really pleased you've provided an easy set and a more challenging set to use with children of differing ability levels. Thank you :-)
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rhoneyman's picture

Brilliant resource! Tackling

Brilliant resource! Tackling decimals with my intervention group will meet with more enthusiasm with these resources. Can't wait to show them off and send them home to play with their families. Thanks!
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IvyW's picture

This is just what I was

This is just what I was looking for! Great resource.
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