Saturday, September 7, 2013

Place Value is SOO Valuable!

Hello darlings!  I think everybody has a place value unit that they start the year off with.  We gauge to see what our kiddos remember from last year, and then we add on.  Common Core has upped the ante and really requires students to understand place value to be able to use mental math strategies to add, subtract, multiply, and divide larger numbers.   Here is a peek at what we do in third grade....

Students have place value mats and place value discs. (from Singapore Math)  We use these to visually represent numbers so we can complete number patterns and decide greater than and less than.

Here are a few games we play.  The first game is a FREEBIE!

This is a PART of our SCOOT games, but you can see the kinds of questions we are working on.  Click the pic to get the SCOOT game.

This is a Quick Check just to see how they are comprehending.

The next few pics are from two of my smartboard lessons.  I chose a few slides to show you and give you ideas of the types of questions you can ask your kiddos.

This project is my favorite part of our unit!  We are reading the book POPPY by Avi for Interactive Read Aloud, so I created a themed Place Value review using the POPPY characters.  The kiddos loved it!  It does have some challenging questions that require kiddos to EXPLAIN their thinking.  They have to PROVE their answer which is a must do in the Common Core!

Want these awesome resources?  Click the pic below to get the entire unit of supplemental materials. 

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  1. Wow! This is perfect. I love your work. And the Poppy characters are wonderful. I would love to win this unit. Right now it's on my wish list.

  2. This is AWESOME!!! My kids would love this. Seems all my students struggle with place value after hundred. I think this would help out greatly. Thanks for a chance at it.

  3. I am definitely putting this on my shopping list and I want to tell my third grade teaching buddy about it. I teach second grade but I feel I could use many parts of it or at least get some great ideas for my grade level.

  4. This looks like an amazing unit! We are knee deep in place value right now! Would be a wonderful resource! Thanks!

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  5. My classroom theme is owls and Poppy is one of my all time favorite novels to read aloud each year. My third graders love Poppy, Mr. Ocax and Ereth and look forward to each chapter! What a great idea to create a Poppy themed place value review! We are struggling with this skill right now in math and I'd love to win your unit. I'll keep my fingers crossed :o)

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  7. This unit looks terrific! Thanks for the opportunity to win. :)

  8. This unit looks terrific! I have some kiddos that could really use this!

  9. Looks like a wonderful unit! I am three weeks in to my first year of teaching third grade and would love to use these resources! :-)

  10. Wow! What a wonderful collection! Thanks for sharing!

  11. I'm writing lesson plans for place value and took a little break and found this waiting on your blog! This resource would be great!

  12. We just started using Math in Focus this year. Your materials look fabulous!!! Thanks for sharing your ideas.


  13. These activities look like a lot of fun!

  14. This unit is awesome!!!
    Love the explanation, Poppy characters and the variety of activities for my kiddos to do. They will love it.

  15. You are right place value is very valuable! I love these activities!


  16. Hi!!! I love the pic of the students using their desks as a dry erase area. Very clever.
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas.

  17. Thanks for sharing this. Place Value is so hard for them at the beginning of the year! I started using my student's table for white boards last year. It's funny how they think it's so cool to write on the table!!


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