The Place Value Explanation Charts are designed to help students understand how to read large numerals. All of the place value activities I have created follow the pattern of green ones, blue tens and red hundreds. Students begin to learn this pattern in Kindergarten, and continue to work with the same pattern throughout elementary school. By understanding this pattern, students learn to read numerals in three-digit "chunks". Students learn that if they can read 326, they can also read 326,000 (three hundred twenty-six thousand) and 326,000,000 (three hundred twenty-six million). The design of the chart helps them to remember to say the place value label (thousand or million) when the comma appears after the three-digit chunk.
This packet includes two charts - one with decimals and one without. Select the chart that meets your grade level standards. The charts work well for small group instruction. They are also beneficial as a component of the independent practice place value games.
These charts are designed to accompany the Classroom Place Value Chart and the Place Value Puffins Card Games.
The Place Value Explanation Charts are copyright Sandy Warrick, 2012.