A Super Fun Math Game! The "Trash Can" Game (Learning Probability & Place Value) - monstrousmath.com

A Super Fun Math Game! The “Trash Can” Game (Learning Probability & Place Value)

Elementary Mitch
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Hey guys!! This video shows you the “Trash Can” Game!! I love this game because it combines strategy and a whole lot of luck!
All you need is: The Ace, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 out of a deck of cards
or you could just use pieces of paper with these numbers written on it. (make sure you can’t see the number from underneath) something to write with, and this paper printed
or you can just write the boxes out on a piece of paper.
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  1. The form has been deleted. My son needs the instructions at the top

  2. Thanks for sharing, my students love this game! but the link to the sheet isn't working.

  3. Thank you for sharing. What makes it win, what makes it a loss? Are the two sides taking turns and comparing the four digit number and the larger one wins? If you play 6 times, do you add the numbers or is it recorded as 6 wins and that is compared?

  4. Thanks for putting this up – unfortunately the document no longer exists. Any chance of re-sharing?

  5. hi, what would be the probability of getting a higher value than your opponent? can u pls discuss about that. thank you

  6. This games seems so cool. I enjoy doing interactive games in the classroom so I will definitely be using this tomorrow. Thanks for this

  7. I play a very similar game called, "Beat the Teacher!" The students and I each have a piece of paper with 4 lines written on it, just like the squares are set up on your game board, just without a trash can. I begin by rolling and displaying a 9 sided die on the overhead projector. After each roll, I pause so that we can write the number onto one of the four lines. Like you, trying to make the largest 4 digit number possible. Students write with a pen, because once you place a number on a line, you can't move it. After the last roll, I display and read my own number. If students think they have a number of greater value than mine, they must read their number aloud.

    My students LOVE playing this game! Not only do they have the opportunity to beat me, they are allowed to write in pen AND they are working on their place value skills.

  8. 8 is so high I would have put it as highest number and 5 in the 19s spot to leave space for 1 to 4 in one's place and 6 or 7 in hundreds place betting that 9 won't show up

  9. Thank you for sharing! This looks like a lot of fun. I will be adding this to my repertoire. 🙂

  10. Awesome game! The link to the doc doesn't seem to work though.

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