Working with large numbers really needn’t be difficult for students. It’s all about patterns! You can read more about that here. Once students understand the structure of our number system, it just takes practice reading, writing, and comparing increasingly larger numbers. Today I have a freebie that can be used in a variety of ways and is easily differentiated. The resource consists of place value charts, 3-digit number cards, a Think-Tac-Toe place value choice board, and a set of I Can cards for workstations. The structure of the PV mat and number cards emphasize the concept 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 all or some of the 3-digit cards in order.
- Students can use the place value mats and cards to build 6-, 9-, and 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—for 6-, 9-, and 12-digit numbers—so it’s easy to differentiate!
- Some of the same activities from the I Can cards are included in a tiered place value 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. The middle row is best for students who are still developing their learning.
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