Place Value does not have to be such a challenge.
I used styrofoam cups and wrote the numbers around the edge of each cup, for the tens place I added a zero, for the hundreds place I added two zeros etc. This concept could be used and differentiated to build numbers into the millions. The cups stack inside of each other to represent the correct place value with the ones (cup/column) on bottom of the stack.
For the activity in the picture, there were many steps:
- Roll multiple dice to create the two or three digit number.
- Write that number on the white board.
- Create that number using place value blocks.
- Rotate the cups to create that same number.
- Read the number ( to the teacher or partner)
The practice of representing various numbers in many ways helps to build confidence in the student’s learning which then leads to mastery.
I used this activity with students who were only working on 3 digit numbers as well as students who were working on 7 digit numbers. My students loved this activity! After I have practiced with students in a small group, this becomes and independent center for additional practice. To hold students accountable during the independent practice, I would have them write their numbers on a piece of paper to be handed in so I could see what they were practicing.
If you use this activity in your classroom or small group, leave me a comment and let me know how it worked or how you customized it for your students.