So what activities do you create that allow your students to discover and explore the power of place value? I'd like to share a few of my favorite place value activities with you!
Place Value Blocks
Just about every classroom teaching place value will use a set of these manipulatives to represent the ones, tens, hundreds, and thousands. Visually they're easy for students to understand, as it is easy to see that the values of each block increases by ten.
To ensure your students are working on mastering the place value concept ( and not mastering the manipulative), mix it up a bit! Use something different to represent the tens, like a crayon perhaps. Use a post it note to represent a hundred's block. It is important students see that the place value system works, no matter what tool I use to represent the various amounts.
Stacking cups together is another great way to represent place value! Each cup represents one place value. Turn the cups to create different numbers in standard form. Create the expanded form of a number by pulling the cups apart!
|Place Value Cups, Standard|
|Place Value Cups, Expanded|
Place Value Cards
This is a set of cards I created a few years ago for my students. Each value possible is represented
(0-9, 0-90, 0-900). To create a number, students stack the cards on top of one another. This is a great way for students to see that the "7" really has a value of "70," as the value is revealed when we pull the cards apart and find the expanded form and value. Click here to get a set for your own classroom!
|The Powerful Place Value Board Game, Gr. 2 edition|
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