There are several ways to use the place value
As a whole-group assessment game
I’ve included both a full page snowman
, as well as a two-on-a-page pattern
Students can draw in their own snowman face
, or color my pattern
To turn these into dry erase “boards”
, cut squares out of glossy photo paper
Each student needs 4 to glue on top of the squares on their place value snowman.
My students keep their snowman in their math journals
We play the game
once or twice a week.
Students, don’t really seem to get tired of it, and the place value “light bulbs” go on rather quickly in their heads.
Despite the fact that many of my kiddos can't count past 100, they still can wrap their brains around place value
, when shown visually
, by playing this game.
If your school has laminating available, you can also simply laminate everyone’s snowman to use throughout the winter months.
Print; laminate and trim the number cards (0-9) and toss them in a mitten or winter cap.
Choose 3 students to pick a card.
This will become the 3-digit number
that students write in the number square of the snowman’s hat, then figure out place value, writing the appropriate numbers in the ones, tens and hundreds boxes
, using a dry erase marker.
Play continues 'til all of your students have had a turn to draw a card.
You can also use these as an independent, math center activity
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, hoping your students enjoy practicing place value with a snowman, as much as mine do.
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