Every year we begin math with place value, and every year I just know that my students are going to rock it. BUT every year I am left feeling like I need to do more to keep place value going throughout the year. Don't get me wrong, my students rock the unit on place value, but then it seems to fall right out of their brains to make room for new information.
That means that about this time of year I am pushing review of place value heavily, and thought that others may be doing the same. So, here are 7 ways that I review and practice place value to ensure that my students are place value experts by the time we are ready for state testing.
1. An Anchor Chart
2. Place Value Charts
3. Paper Plate Place Value
- make the biggest number possible
- make the smallest number possible
- make a number with a 6 in the thousands place
- anything else you can think of!
4. Study Jams!
Study Jams from Scholastic is a great resource for short videos that review concepts, or to use as an anticipatory set for a lesson. My students LOVE Study Jams and get really excited when we turn it on! For place value I would recommend the videos, "Place Value," and "Place Value of Decimals."
There are tons of apps out there for math, but a lot of them are very game like, and while engaging, don't always tell you what your student knows about a concept. The FREE app Number Pieces by Math Learning Center is amazing for just that reason. You can use the app online or on a device which gives it extra bang for your buck, (except that it is free!) The app is basically base ten pieces integrated into technology. There is also a drawing tool that will allow your students to write across their pieces as well.
Incorporate some children's literature into your math block. My favorites while talking about place value are How Much is a Million by David M. Schwartz and Earth Day Hooray! by Stewart J. Murphy. Both of these books integrate math concepts into a story that will be sure to keep your kiddos engaged!
7. Practice Practice Practice
Like any other thing, practice makes perfect! Students need to practice their skills in a variety of ways in order to ensure that they hold onto their newly attained knowledge. In order to make practice, and test prep for that matter, more engaging I use this set of ten activities.
The Big Ten: Place Value set can be used as stations, in small groups, for partner activities, or as assessment. Each of the activities comes entirely in black and white, so that you don't have to worry about expensive colored ink.