Give students to practice using expanded form and standard form to record numbers in this fun partner or small group game. Students will compose numbers from 1,111-9,999 using expanded form and then convert those numbers into standard form.

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Materials for the Expanded Form File Folder Game

  • Paper
  • Laminating Supplies
  • File Folder
  • Paper Fastener
  • Paper Clip
  • Game Markers


-Give each player a write and wipe board (one of the laminated recording boards).

-Select the first player. Place a marker on the “Start” space.

-The first player will spin all the spinners one at a time. Then, he will write the numbers that have been spun in expanded form in the spaces on the top level of his write and wipe board. Next, he will write the number in standard form in the bottom level of his write and wipe board.

-If the numbers are written correctly, the player moves forward the number of spaces shown on the unit place spinner.

-The game continues to the next player.

-The winner is the first to make it onto the “End” space.


Player spins:

1,000, 300, 50, and 8

-This player will move ahead 8 spaces.

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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