Place Value is practiced through a variety of fun hands on stations. Comparing numbers using place value, recognizing even or odd, rounding based on place value and the number line and matching word form, expanded form and numeric form are all activities to support place value understanding.
This pack includes 4 hands on activities for you to use with students or for students to use independently in order to practice math skills.
Less Than / Greater Than
This activity is designed to go beyond the simple comparison of whole numbers. For repeated use, cut out and laminate the comparison cards. Students can then write directly on the cards with a dry erase marker. Students will find the value of each side of the expression and will then write in the less than or greater than sign to complete the inequality.
Even / Odd
In this activity students are able to use manipulatives to sort numbers as either odd or even. Students should use small tokens (ones pieces or small beans would both work fine!) to try and break the whole number up into two equal groups. If they are successful the card is sorted into the even pile. If the students find that there is a left over piece, the number is sorted into the odd pile. A recording sheet is also included in this activity. When completing this activity with my own students I have them highlight the number in the ones place when they have completed the sort to notice the patterns in even and odd numbers.
Rounding to the Nearest Tens Place
Students use a number line and anchor numbers to round numbers to the nearest tens place. Students round numbers written on pirate ships. Students need to find the two anchor numbers and place them on the rounding number line. For example, if a student was rounding the number 32 they would get out the anchor numbers 30 and 40 because 32 is between those two numbers. Students would then place their pirate ship on the line and notice which anchor number it is closer to. An accompanying worksheet allows students to record their work.
Place Value to the 1000s
In this matching activity students match a number with the expanded form and written form of that number. This activity could be used simply as a sort or two of the three forms could be used together for a game of memory.
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through the millions place with decimal and whole numbers
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for numbers up to 100.
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