# Decimal Bingo Game

It'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.

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.

• 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)

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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### 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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### 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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### Excellent resource.

Excellent resource.
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### a fantastic resource for an

a fantastic resource for an extension for higher level children in year 4
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Useful for tenths. Must look

Useful for tenths. Must look for a hundredths version now.
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### What a great idea! My class

What a great idea! My class is going to love it
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### 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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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:

I hope this helps.

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### 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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### 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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### This is just what I was

This is just what I was looking for! Great resource.
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### Really useful - thank you!!

Really useful - thank you!! So good, I am printing out more for more people to use. Thank you, thank you, thank you! It's so nice to see resources that are not only helpful but very aesthetically pleasing too - I usually redo things to meet my ridiculous standards but these are gorgeous.
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### Thank you for your kind kind

Thank you for your kind kind comments. I'm pleased that these maths games and resources are proving to be so useful... and popular!
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### Thanks. This will be a great

Thanks. This will be a great addition to my decimal unit.
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### My children really enjoyed

My children really enjoyed this game.
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### Thanks for this. I need

Thanks for this. I need something that would be more interesting than a worksheet. The children will definitely have fun and learn.
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### A fabulous resource for

A fabulous resource for learning about decimals. I am sure that my class will really enjoy the task - without them realising they are learning
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### I've used a similar rounding

I've used a similar rounding idea to the one above. The pupils draw a card (to whichever place to be rounded) and then find a number on their board that can round to that. They write the rounded number over the top in thick pen.
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### I haven't used this yet, but

I haven't used this yet, but I can envision some wonderful extensions for my more gifted students. If I create cards at two or three times the current range, my students could reach those sums by combining more than two addends. Perhaps I can even use the game cards for rounding to the tenths place. I used this game for rounding to tenths today. It worked well. I created cards with numbers to the hundredths place, and randomly displayed the selected numbers on the board. The students had to round the displayed number and check their board to find it. They didn't want to quit! I'll make prompt cards for rounding to hundredths place and use this one again.
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### lots of good ideas, I like

lots of good ideas, I like the idea of using it for rounding, something that some of the class are having difficulty with. Using it in a game will provide plenty of practice without it becoming monotonous
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