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Place Value Choice Board and ‘I Can’ Cards

Place Value Choice Board and ‘I Can’ Cards

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...

Teaching Decimal Place Value So They Remember!

Teaching Decimal Place Value So They Remember!

But you've learned this! You've said this, right? I know I have. We might be teaching, but are the students learning? It's all about understanding and retention. Using models for decimal place value helps students develop a deeper understanding of place value. This...

Flexibility with Place Value

Flexibility with Place Value

Just a quick post about place value and how important it is for students to be able to decompose numbers by place value in different ways. Here's what I mean. Typically, we think of 34 as 3 tens and 4 ones. That's certainly true, but it can also be decomposed as 2...

Easy 3- and 4-Digit Place Value Game

Easy 3- and 4-Digit Place Value Game

Looking for an easy, yet powerful, 3- and 4-digit place value game? Well, I've got something for you today! Build the Biggest is my version of a well-known place value game. Players roll a number cube and must decide where to place each digit in their number, or if...

Using Precise Mathematical Language: Place Value

Using Precise Mathematical Language: Place Value

If we want students to use precise mathematical language (and we do!), then we have to be sure we model what that sounds like. Let's look at some shortcuts we often take in our own language and see how they undermine our goal of having students deeply understand place...

Triple Digit Dare: Engaging Place Value Card Game

Triple Digit Dare: Engaging Place Value Card Game

Last week I had the extreme pleasure of co-presenting the ERG Guided Math Institute with Laney Sammons in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. We spent four wonderful days with over 100 educators from around the country and even Canada! It was a real pleasure to meet and...

Thinking Flexibly About Place Value

Thinking Flexibly About Place Value

New standards call for an increased emphasis on understanding place value, rather than just, for example, identifying the digit in a certain place value position (eg., In the number 345, what digit is in the hundreds place?).  In Texas, both the 1st and 2nd-grade TEKS...

The Difference Between Knowing and Understanding Place Value

The Difference Between Knowing and Understanding Place Value

My 2nd graders have been exploring place value, so yesterday I wrote the number 43 on the table in front of one sweet friend and asked what he could tell me about the number 43. He proudly told me it was 4 tens and 3 ones. This is very common, right? We ask students...

Early Place Value Experiences

Early Place Value Experiences

I've been working with my firsties on understanding numbers to 50. We've practiced counting forwards and backward, writing and reading the numbers, as well as comparing numbers. By far our biggest challenge, however, has been understanding the meaning of the digits in...

Place Value Cards and Holder

Place Value Cards and Holder

I am joining up with a great group of mathematics bloggers for a new series of blog hops--Fly on the Math Teacher's Wall.  Love that title, don't you?  Each blog hop will focus on a central math topic, and you'll find blog posts across all grade levels discussing the...

Decimal Place Value and the Connection to Fractions

Decimal Place Value and the Connection to Fractions

One of my professional goals this year is to help my teachers integrate more technology into their lessons.  I got a good start recently with a couple of activities for my 5th grade teachers who are teaching decimal place value and the connection between decimals and...

Extending Decimal Place Value Understanding Through Problem Solving

Extending Decimal Place Value Understanding Through Problem Solving

I was planning with my 5th-grade team today, and they're getting ready to move into decimal place value. The 5th-grade standard is to extend decimal place value from the hundredths place to the thousandths place. We decided to start with a very quick Ticket In the...

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