Place Value and Powers

Place value and powers

For younger students, cracking the code of our base ten number system is of vital importance to making sense of arithmetic, so we've chosen to feature some problems designed to get students thinking about place value. For older students, we offer problems that focus on powers and indices.

Dicey Operations 

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?

Always a Multiple? 

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2
Think of a two digit number, reverse the digits, and add the numbers together. Something special happens...

Method in Multiplying Madness? 

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2
Watch our videos of multiplication methods that you may not have met before. Can you make sense of them?

Power Countdown 

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1
In this twist on the well-known Countdown numbers game, use your knowledge of Powers and Roots to make a target.

Power Mad! 

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2
Powers of numbers behave in surprising ways. Take a look at some of these and try to explain why they are true.

Short Problems 

Stage: 3
These short problems can be used to test your students' understanding of place value.