Donna has been a teacher, math instructional coach, interventionist, and curriculum coordinator. A frequent speaker at state and national conferences, she shares her love for math with a worldwide audience through her website, Math Coach’s Corner. Donna is also the co-author of Guided Math Workshop.
Last week I blogged about reading large numbers. I was talking to one of my 5th grade teachers today about the start of the year and that conversation, along with last week’s post fresh in my mind, got me thinking about activities for place value. I came up with this little activity that can be used in a variety of ways! The file consists of place value charts, 3-digit number cards, a Think-Tac-Toe menu, and a set of I Can cards for workstations. The structure of the PV mat and number cards emphasizes that concept I wrote about last week–that the largest number you ever have to read is a 3-digit number.
Here are some suggestions for using the materials:
Students can put the 3-digit cards in order.
Students use the place value mats and cards to build 3-, 6-, or 12-digit numbers and read them aloud.
A pair of students can use two mats, build numbers, and compare them.
Use the “I Can” cards in a workstation. Three versions of each card are included–one for 6-digit numbers, one for 8-digit number, and one for 12-digit numbers.
Some of the same activities from the I Can cards are included in a tiered choice board. One way to use the board is to have each student do either a row or a diagonal. Notice that using rows and diagonals, the activities are differentiated. Put your strugglers in the middle row.
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