Another TARGET game for any number of players. You want to win? So THINK MATHEMATICALLY and ESTIMATE the likely answers. When you multiply H hundreds by T tens what do you want the product of the digits H×T to be? A bit less than 10 perhaps?
You will need a set of 10 cards numbered 0 to 9 or a 0 to 9 spinner.
Spin the spinner and the players must write the digit in one of the top five boxes.
Once a number is written the position cannot be changed.
Repeat four more times.
Then the learners multiply the 3-digit number by the 2-digit number.
The player (or players) with the product closest to 10,000 wins.
Score 1 point for a win.
This is a game of chance but if players think strategically when placing the numbers they can increase their chance of winning.
Click here for a template and instructions for making spinners.
Alternatively the game can be played by pairs of learners and they will need a spinner for each pair.
Each player draws a multiplication grid like the one shown. Players take turns to spin the spinner. After each spin they each write the number in one of the top 5 boxes of their grid. After 5 spins they multiply their 3-digit number by the 2-digit number and work out the difference between the answer they get and 10,000. The player closest to 10,000 wins that round. The players should check each other’s calculations.