Base Ten Block Structures Hands On Place Value Practice Activity

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In this engaging place value math lesson, students build structures out of base ten blocks. They must record how many hundreds blocks, tens blocks, and ones blocks they used to build their structure. Next, they tell the value of the structure and write the number in standard, expanded, and word form. There's even room to include a photograph of the student with their structure!

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  • a blank Base Ten Block Structures worksheet
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  • a scoring rubric

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Credits: The border was created by Chirp Graphics and used with permission. The cover background was sourced via Pexels and used with permission. The photograph on page 4 was taken by Shea LaFountaine of LaFountaine of Knowledge. Fonts used include Londrina Sketch and Londrina Solid by Marcelo Magalhães, Pangolin by Kevin Burke, and Architect’s Daughter by Kimberly Geswein. All fonts were used with permission under open source licenses. 

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30 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Understand that the three digits of a three-digit number represent amounts of hundreds, tens, and ones; e.g., 706 equals 7 hundreds, 0 tens, and 6 ones. Understand the following as special cases:
Read and write numbers to 1000 using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form.
Use place value understanding to round whole numbers to the nearest 10 or 100.
Recognize that in a multi-digit whole number, a digit in one place represents ten times what it represents in the place to its right. For example, recognize that 700 ÷ 70 = 10 by applying concepts of place value and division.
Read and write multi-digit whole numbers using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form. Compare two multi-digit numbers based on meanings of the digits in each place, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons.


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