As the beginning of the year approaches (or has started for some), we look at lessons and units to help start off the year. One of the units is place value. Why? It helps students understand the meaning of the numbers they are writing and using. Without this foundational knowledge students can struggle in regrouping, understanding expanded notation, speaking, and writing the word form of standard numbers. Included below are some collected ideas and units to help strengthen students place value understanding.
Place Value Houses Project Idea –
Mrs. Hansen’s Helpfuls
One strategy I use to help build the skills for a strong place value foundation is to create Place Value Houses. This project allows students to visually see how numbers are grouped into “threes” and allows students to practice number formation, speaking, and writing. They are simple to make. Just draw houses with three bedrooms a piece. Label the house bedrooms ones, tens, and hundreds. Then name the houses hundreds, thousands, millions, etc. Students even love to make it look like a neighborhood. Students can also make number cards to fit into the houses.
Other practice is also available through self-checking task cards. Students can decipher expanded notation and word form to make the standard numbers. Students look at the task card and then build the number on the Place Value Houses. To check students simply flip over the card. Once the Place Value Houses are built, these task cards can make a great center!
Interested but don’t want to make them from scratch? No problem, try these products:
Place Value Houses Project
Place Value Task Cards – Self-Checking
Math Mysteries – Mrs. J’s Resources
Revisiting and building on place value knowledge is a necessary task to set up students for success to learn new math concepts later on in the year. The place value math mystery “Case of The Puzzled Pirate” has been built as a fun activity to practice and consolidate a variety of place value skills in one. Its design for different levels allows for you to choose the best option for your students. Choose an earlier (or easier) grade level to refresh students before starting a new Place value unit, or choose the level that meets your standards to review content learned at the end of a unit. The added factor of the mystery will help students try and persevere with challenging sections, and will help you gauge just how much your students know (or don’t!)
Check out the bonus video hook that comes with "Case of The Puzzled Pirate" to set the stage to engage!:
Click on he grade level below to find out the Place Value skills and level of difficulty in each:
The 2nd to 6th grade clue sheets are interchangeable to differentiate the activity for your students (as long as it is the same clue number).
Practice Makes Perfect! – Kelly Malloy
Once your students have mastered the place value skills required for your grade level, you will want to make sure to practice and review them so that they don’t lose them! I Have, Who Has games are a great way to practice skills in the classroom. They are a great whole group activity that can be used for review, test prep, fluency, listening skills, and mental math. My students and I love using these games to review our skills and place value is no exception.
I have a special freebie Place Value I Have Who has game that you can download here.
I also have Daily Math Review Resources for 1st through 5th grade that not only review place value, but other skills as well! You can find them here:
CHOOSE YOUR LEVEL FOR PLACE VALUE DIFFICULTY
First up, you need to choose the place value range of difficulty you wish to practice. As you can see in the image below, the levels vary from 3-digit to 7-digit numbers. Depending on the age and ability of the player, you can easily adjust the game to suit his/her practice needs.
HOW TO PLAY
A math problem will appear on the top of the screen along with four possible answers. Click the correct answer to have a new house added to your town.
Progression will unlock new levels to add trees, cars and other exciting objects.
The AIM OF THE GAME is to make your town as beautiful as possible (the more practice along with correct answers = a nicer town). Players can click the 'Show Off' button to view their town without the math questions.
CLICK HERE TO PLAY THIS PLACE VALUE GAME!
Instant access for free, no sign up required.
This beautiful game will make practicing place value fun and is worth the screen time on this. Whether a teacher or a parent, I think it is a game worth adding to your screen time list of games to play.
To find and access more Place Value online games CLICK HERE
You may also like this fun Place Value Math Mystery activity, "Case of The Puzzled Pirate."
It comes with an optional Video Hook --- view below:
Check out some of the feedback from other teachers who have used this Place Value Math Mystery with their students:
CLICK ON THE INDIVIDUAL GRADE COVERS TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE PLACE VALUE SKILLS & DIFFICULTY LEVELS COVERED IN EACH VERSION.
First, depending on which skill level you are teaching, you will need to create some paper cards of numbers you want students to explore during the lesson. I just used a marker to write them out on paper and then cut them into cards.
Then, depending on the range, create little labels with your pieces of paper to show all of the place values that are present in your number list range. To go with the example above, I’ve made labels for Hundreds, Tens, and Ones. Again, I just used a marker and paper, cutting them out to the size I want. You could print out, laminate or use cardboard to make them last longer.
Next, place some Playdough onto the desk where the activity will be carried out. Mold the Playdough into a rectangular prism (it doesn't have to be perfect).. The larger the numbers you are exploring, the longer your Playdough rectangle ‘platform’ will need to be.
I know, not quite the masterpiece you were expecting!!
Place a spaghetti stick vertically into the Playdough for each Place Value spot you are exploring. So in my example below I only need three. Then position your Place Value labels (Hundreds, Tens, Ones), under each stick to show the place value position of a number.
Place Cheerios on the desk for the activity. Provide either blank pieces of paper for your students to use OR download and print off the template I have included for free below.
Tell your students that they will need to use the Cheerios to build onto the Spaghetti sticks to represent the numbers you have listed. Each time they make a number, instruct them to record the drawing of the number on a piece of paper (or onto the template provided).
Explain that each spaghetti stick cannot ever have more than ten Cheerios placed on it.
After finishing the activity, conduct a reflection discussion about why you cannot put more than ten Cheerios on any spaghetti stick. Explore what students did, what they found easy/difficult; what they noticed. Talk about a Cheerio on each stick and talk about the value of a single Cheerio on a given stick depending on which Place Value position it has been put in.
The FREE template to go with this activity can be downloaded below. It comes with different place value levels for differentiation. I also included labels that can be printed off for place value positions up to Ten Thousands if you prefer to use for your Tower Labels.
Time to finish your unit on Place Value? Try this fun Place Value Math Mystery that helps review place value concepts in an exciting way!
It comes with an optional video introduction to gain your students' attention at the start ...
Then hand over the activity for them to crack the case!
Find a grade level with place value skills that suits your kids best!
Students must use their place value skills to discover important clues!
See who is successful in figuring out where the treasure is!
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