Place Value at Every Grade

Hello! I’m Ashley from The Teacher’s Treasure Chest!  I am so thankful Rachel let me stop by Minds in Bloom! I love her blog and have used several of her products! I have been teaching for five-and-a-half years. For two-and-a-half years, I was substitute teaching. The other three were spent in the primary levels. I am very excited, though, to be starting my adventure into the intermediate grade levels. I’ve spent three years tutoring those students in after-school, small group settings.

Place value is a core understanding in math that comes up over and over again in the curriculum through K-12 schooling. Our guest blogger believes that place value should be revisited often, and she shares a few tips for how to teach and practice place value year-round.
No matter what grade you teach at some point, you will teach place value. Teaching place value is something that teachers should do year-round. With the beginning of school coming around the corner, I thought it was a good time to discuss how we can actively teach place value throughout the year. I use math stations in my classroom. These next few ideas, I have used in whole group and small group settings.

1. Flip Chart

Flip charts can be used as a hands-on manipulative that allows students to create a number. I made this chart so easily! My kids were struggling with understanding place value and the order in which numbers go.  I made enough of these charts so that the students could work with a partner to make our numbers.

How to Make a Flip Chart

These were so simple to make! I used card stock, binder rings, index cards, and a hole punch. I used card stock for the back to make it sturdy. Then, I laminated it using a hard laminating film. This made a difference in how the charts held up. The ones I laminated with the soft film didn’t make it through the year! We used these charts a lot this year. I hole punched three holes at the top. Next, I wrote out the numbers 0-9 on three sets of index cards. Then, I attached the cards to the backing using binder rings. You could easily cut the index cards in half and use smaller binder rings to achieve a higher place value chart.

During small group instruction, I would write a number using words only. The students had to make and stretch out the word.  You could also make this same chart using expanded form.
We also played games using the flip charts. I would use sticky notes to write numbers on them and then place them around the classroom. The students would go on hunts and make the numbers they found.  These charts can also go home with students for extra practice at home.

2. Basic Ten Blocks

Another great tip for teaching place value is to use the basic base ten blocks. These blocks can help students visualize the numbers.

As an intermediate teacher,  my students should be familiar with base ten blocks and should be able to build the numbers in a math station. This is a great practice that should be done throughout the year. The teacher can add difficulty to this station as needed. It’s just a great anchor station that you can use any time of the year.

Students can work on place value stations like the one pictured below.  Use with base ten blocks.

3. Involve the Senses

Provide Visual Aids

I love this this anchor chart from Mrs. Sims & Ms. Mathis.

Provide Manipulatives

Provide time to RETEACH!
Place Value will have to be taught several times. This is why I think it’s important to never stop reteaching it. Use it ALL year long! Thank you again, Rachel, for letting me stop by!


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