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Place Value Disks Math Tool
Place Value Disk Printable (One to Thousand)
Directions for Making Foam Place Value Disks
Teacher Demonstration SmartBoard Place Value Disks
What are place value disks?
Place value disks are a tool that students can use to represent numbers and much more! They are intended to be used when students have a sound understanding of the value of each disk. Unlike base ten tools, the value is not visible in units. Although, place value disks can be used when working with numbers to the millions. My last year's second graders (and my fifth graders in previous years) benefited greatly from using this math tool which helped them visualize the value of the digits within numbers and "see" operations. Strengthen the connection between concrete and number representations when used along with place value arrows.
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