Engaging Students with ‘Jumping Around’ – An Exciting Place Value Game

Welcome to my world, fellow educators! Today, we’re diving into an immersive, engaging, and educational activity that’s proven to spark the interest of our students and make their understanding of number lines, place value, and subtraction a delightful experience. This interactive game is called ‘Jumping Around,’ and it’s an excellent tool for teaching mathematics in a fun, intuitive, and non-threatening environment.

Understanding ‘Jumping Around’: A Place Value Game

Before we dive into the gameplay instructions, let’s first take a quick look at what ‘Jumping Around‘ is all about. This game leverages the concept of a number line to test students’ understanding of place values and number comparisons. The idea is to examine whether given statements about the number line are true or false, taking the challenge a step further by having students create their own number lines and statements for their peers to evaluate.

Gameplay Instructions

Each player is provided with a number line that starts at 82 and has a series of points marked as A, B, C, etc. However, these points do not have numbers assigned, so it’s up to the students to figure out the values of the points based on the given hints. For example, if they know that the numbers are decreasing by a value of 12 from 82 onwards, they can use this information to deduce the values at other points on the line.

Here’s an example of a hint you could give:

  1. The number located at point B is less than 40.
  2. The difference between point A and point B is 30.
  3. If you start at 82, the numbers are decreasing by a value of 12.
  4. The number located at point B is 46.
  5. The difference between 82 and point B is 24.
  6. Point A has a value of 22, which means the next two tick marks are 34 and 48.

After successfully deducing the values and answering the questions, the students get the chance to create their own number lines and true-or-false questions to challenge their friends, encouraging creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration.

Inclusive Education: Accommodations and Modifications

Incorporating differentiated learning is crucial to ensure we cater to all learners’ needs. For ‘Jumping Around,’ here are a few suggestions for accommodations and modifications to include all learners:


  1. Visual Support: For students who struggle with visualization, providing a physical number line with movable point markers can assist them in understanding the concept better.
  2. Pair Work: Allow students who may struggle with the activity to work with a partner. This approach encourages peer teaching, which can be an effective strategy for reinforcing understanding.


  1. Adjust the Difficulty: For students who may find the original game too challenging, simplify the hints or decrease the starting number to make the game more accessible.
  2. Extend the Complexity: For advanced students, increase the starting number or add complexity to the hints. You could even incorporate negative numbers or fractions to enhance their critical thinking skills.

Bringing ‘Jumping Around’ to Life: Game Play Scenarios

Let’s take a look at a sample scenario to illustrate how the game plays out.


Consider a number line with point A, B, and C, starting at 82.

The hints are:

  1. The numbers are decreasing by a value of 10.
  2. The number located at point B is 62.
  3. Point A is 10 less than 82.

Given these hints, the students would deduce that point A is 72, point B is 62 (as stated), and point C is 52. They can then create their own statements for peers to verify as true or false, such as, “The difference between point A and C is 20,” which is a true statement in this scenario.

This collaborative exercise not only encourages students to apply their understanding of place value and subtraction but also promotes critical thinking, creativity, and active learning.

Connecting to Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

The ‘Jumping Around’ activity aligns with various CCSS for mathematics, particularly those related to understanding place value, comparing numbers, and performing operations:

  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.NBT.A.4: Comparing two three-digit numbers based on meanings of the hundreds, tens, and ones digits.
  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.NBT.A.2: Reading and writing multi-digit whole numbers using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form. Comparing two multi-digit numbers based on meanings of the digits in each place, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons.

Jumping Around Place Value Game

Incorporating games like ‘Jumping Around’ in our mathematics curriculum is an excellent way to create an engaging, interactive, and inclusive learning environment. Not only does it help students understand and apply essential mathematical concepts, but it also encourages them to think creatively and critically, building their problem-solving skills and fostering collaboration.

So, fellow educators, it’s time to take that leap and bring ‘Jumping Around’ to your classrooms. Remember, learning mathematics can be a delightful experience, and with activities like these, we’re one step closer to making that a reality for all our students.

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