I like to start the year off with hands-on place value activities, because place value is the foundation for number sense. My students usually come to me with a pretty good foundation, but I still like to focus on it for a bit to ensure their understanding for more challenging concepts.
Hands-On Place Value Activities
In one activity, students use base-ten blocks to find three different ways to build a thousand. They used a combination of ones, tens, and hundreds to do this, and it helped my students to see how ones, tens, and hundreds relate to each other. They first used the base-ten blocks to create the number, and then they recorded how they made the number on a recording sheet.
We also played a game using two dice that had the digits one through nine on them. (I like those dice a lot better than the regular dice.) In this game, students rolled two dice and created the largest number possible with the digits they rolled, and then they rounded the number to the nearest ten. To add a little conceptual math, students also had to find the number on a hundreds chart to help them determine where to round the number.
My students loved learned about place value and didn’t want our math time to end!
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