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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Correction :Math Work Stations: Chapter 6: Place Value

This is what I get for being in a hurry. Please re-download your copy of Race to Fifty and Race to One Hundred. I'm so sorry! Thanks mfang!

Sometimes place value can be the hardest concept (conceptually speaking) for first graders to understand. Yes, they can tell you how many hundreds, tens or ones are in a number...but do they really get it? Well in chapter 6 there are tons of activities to make sure they do get it.

But here's something to think about...a few years ago I was listening to a speaker at a professional development meeting talk about place value and how we I spend time making sure they understand place value in terms of tens and ones, but when it's time to teach two-digit addition or subtraction I un-teach everything I spent weeks and weeks on...without meaning to, of course. I was a little miffed, but I kept listening.

Example: I'm at the board showing my students how to add two digits...lets say its 56 + 36. I go through the step of adding the ones first. "Class, 6+6=12. I bring my one down to the ones column then I carry my two over." (I'm sure I'm the only one who's done this). Wait a minute, I'm not carrying over two...I'm carrying over ten. Un-teaching all my hard work.

That was my Ah-Ha Moment in terms of instruction of place value and from that point on my instruction looked a lot different. Just something to think about.

What Are We Teaching:
When in doubt look to your state's course of study standards, or Common Core Standards. If you check out Lory's Page you'll be able to download the Common Core Standards for first and second grades. Thanks Lory!

Debbie lists the most general standards you are sure to find when teaching place value. Some are listed below.

*Counting to 100

*Group counting by tens to fifty or more

*Read, write and understand numbers from 20 to 50 or more (depending on your grade level)

*Use broken counting

*Count by tens off the decade (14,24,34,)

*Putting together and taking apart two-digit numbers

*Developing an understanding of place value as students solve two digit addition and subtraction problems

*Describe Compare and order numbers to 999

*Representing numbers in various ways

Having a supply of Hundreds Charts will allow students to see what happens when you count by 5s,10s, or off decade. Here are my (specially made for my blogging friends) set of designer Hundreds Charts...I call anything with a little color designer ;) Click on the picture to grab your set. Don't you just love the dots?

What Are the Students Doing at Place Value Stations

Race to Fifty or One Hundred
Here is one game my students loved to play. In the game of Race to Fifty or One Hundred, students each need a ones and tens mat, a die and connecting cubes. They take turns rolling the die and counting out that many cubes. When they have a group of ten they can connect those and slide them over to the tens side of the board. The first person to get to 50 or 100 wins.

There was another variation in MWS: Race to Zero. This works in the opposite way. Students start out with the specified number (50 or 100 cubes). They roll the die and take away that many placing them on the ones side. They keep rolling and breaking down their cubes until they reach zero. No matter which way you decide to let your students play, you'll need the game boards. Click on either picture to get your set.

Ants at the Picnic
Here is another collection game. This time students roll 1 die and take that many ants. When they have a collection of ten individual ants they can trade for one rod of ten ants. Students keep rolling, collecting and trading until they collect 50 or 100 ants (depending on which game they play). Click on the picture to collect your game.

Hundreds Chart Puzzles
Make copies of these charts on colored card stock. Cut them out into a variety of puzzles and then laminate.  Give students a blank grid and have them put the puzzle back together again. Click on the picture to get your copy, including the blank grid.

Trading Games Using Money
If you click here and here you can get a copy of all the Money Trading Games I created in an earlier post.

Play $999 Monster Money Challenge
In MWS Debbie called the game $999 Monopoly Money Challenge.
But I created Monster Money. It works the same way as Debbie's game.

Directions:You will need 15 one hundred dollar bills, 25 ten dollar bills, and 50 one dollar bills. Place the money in a brown cute gift bag that I have decorated using my Cricut Machine :).

Each student reaches into the bag and removes three bills at a time. Then they each add up the money and whoever has the most gets to keep both players money. They keep track of their money by placing their bills on the corresponding places on the mat( hundreds, tens, ones), making exchanges when possible. Players keep going until one person gets $999.

This game is on page 144 in MWS.

In the meantime click on the picture to get your set of Monster Money.

Playing Make the Biggest Number
In this game students shuffle two separate decks of 0-9 number cards. Both players turn over two cards at a time and try to make the biggest number. The player who makes the bigger number gets to keep both cards or they get a point. At the end of play the student with the most cards or points is the winner. A variation could be Make the Smallest Number. Click on the picture to get your set. I've also included mats using Tens and Ones and  Hundreds tens and Ones.

Number of the Day
I use this each year with my first graders. Each student has their own book and it's a part of our daily Math Morning Routines. 
Posted on the wall I'll have a sign that says; Today's Number is...I try to choose numbers I feel they need to work on, sometimes it's the number of days we've been in school, it just varies according to what they need. 

Students take out their Number of the Day books and copy the number in the center of the page. Then they have to tell me the numbers that are one more, one less, ten more and ten less than the Number of the Day. On the back of that page they have to represent the number in four different ways: tallies, coins, objects, addition or subtraction sentences. I usually make books each nine weeks. I fold the pages towards each other and place the cover page around those pages and staple. Click on the picture to get your copy.

What Materials Should You Have for Place Value
This is not an exhaustive list but it's a place to get started.

Connecting cubes
Base ten blocks (units, rods and flats)
Ten frames
Numeral Cards
Numeral cubes (Dice)
Bags of objectives to count (The Dollar Tree has lots of collectibles)

Math and Literature Connections to Place Value
Listed below are a few children's books related to the instruction of place value.
Cheerios Count To 100  Cheerios Counting Book

From One to One Hundred (Picture Puffins)     The King's Commissioners (A Marilyn Burns Brainy Day Book)Millions of Cats (Gift Edition) (Picture Puffin Books)


Professional Titles for Teaching Place Value
Lessons for Introducing Place Value, Grade 2 (Teaching Arithmetic)   Developing Number Concepts, Book 3: Place Value, Multiplication, and Division

I hope you have enjoyed my little post as much as I enjoyed putting it together for you. If there is anything I didn't cover that you'd like me to, please let me know. If you like what you see, and download it...leave some love, feedback, suggestions.  I hope you find something you can use next year! I have to admit I was stressed out for this post...I had nightmares about the internet going out or my computer catching a bug...I know crazy right.

Don't forget to link up and blog about your thoughts on place value. I can't wait to read your posts!


  1. Awesome!!! Thanks a bazillion for sharing your cute activities! :)

  2. Thanks for the great post. I have a clearer picture now about teaching place value. Love how you described, unteaching place value - how do we do that?! Thanks, Virginia

  3. As usual I love your games and explanations. Oh, and that you are so generous to share with us too! I have one question about your games Race to Fifty and to
    100. Is there a reason that the ones are on the left and the tens are on the right? I just wonder if that will confuse some children since we generally teach the ones place as being on the far right,
    10s to the left of the ones, etc. I am not trying to be critical! Thanks again!

  4. Love your awesome game printables (especially love the polka dot hundreds charts!) Your explanations are spot on......

    thanks so much.

  5. These activities are AWESOME!!! Thank you so much for sharing these!

    Lesson Plan Diva

  6. All I can say is WOW!!! What an awesome post with so many great printables! You are amazing!!!



  9. Thank you so much for sharing your work. Those hundreds charts are ADORABLE!

  10. Wow, thanks for the fantastic tips and printables! Everything looks wonderful and will serve such a great purpose in my classroom. Thanks again for being so generous! :)

  11. Wow, what an informative post! I'm loving this book, can't wait for the next chaper to come out. Your documents look awesome!

  12. Thank you!!!!!!! My students always struggle with Place Value. I can't wait to try out the activities you have so graciously created!!!!!

  13. You always make amazing games!! I love following your blog! Thank you for always sharing.


  14. Your blog just made my night! The games and ideas are wonderful and I can't wait to use them!

  15. Fabulous job on Chapter 6. Your freebies are terrific... and yes, I LOVE the red dots :)
    Lory's Page

  16. AMAZING! I don't know what I would do without you! Thanks a million!

    Faithful in First

  17. Thank you for sharing these amazing activities!
    Funky First Grade Fun

  18. Wonderful! I can't wait to get started making all of these games for my students to play next year.
    Thank you!

  19. Oh. My. GOODNESS!!! You rock girl! Once again you have shown your generosity to all! I SO appreciate all that you share! Thanks for making me a better teacher! :o)


  20. You are so creative! Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful activities!

  21. So awesome! I just ordered this book from Amazon and can't WAIT to get started. You ladies have been so inspiring with your ideas. Thanks for sharing!


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  23. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful ideas and resources! I'm new to blogging and really appreciate all of the generosity and creativity! I hope I can return the favor soon!

    Once Upon A First Grade Adventure

  24. WOW! What a super job you did on all the printables. I LOVE your materials and thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing. This book study has been such a fabulous learning experience. With all of the fantastic resources that each person is posting.....we should all have a wonderful year. Thanks again for ALL of your fabulous posts!


  25. Once again! Super!!!! Thank you for hosting this week's chapter and providing so many wonderful resources!!! I think you rock TOO!!!

    Mrs. Wills Kindergarten

  26. You are AMAZING! Thanks for sharing!

  27. Thanks! Your ideas are fabulous!!!

  28. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! Your ideas are so WONDERFUL and useful, thank you again for sharing!

  29. I love your games and my KinderGators will too!

  30. I can't wait to use these games this year!! These are great!

  31. Amazing post. :) Hope you link it up to Math Monday!

    Cindy @love2learn2day

  32. WOW!!! These are GREAT! Thank you for taking the time to create these and share them! I taught 5th grade for one year (two days before school started I was switched from first to fifth... it was a crazy year, but boy did I learn a ton!) Anyways... they also struggled with place value and it is so true that we spend so much time teaching place value, just to end up UN-teaching it! Hopefully I'll be able to stop un-teaching! :0)

  33. i just spent a good chunk of my morning stalking your blog. i love all your ideas! thank you so much for sharing! jamie leigh

  34. I haven't read your blog in a few days and wow you have such good stuff coming continually. I feel that I can't miss a day. Thanks so much for contributing so much.

  35. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Awesome stuff!! I really do love the polka dot borders!! I am experimenting with power point a bunch lately trying to make cute stuff! How did you get the polka dot border? If you don't mind...I would love it if you would share. Thanks for all of the wonderful stuff!!! This year is going to be so great!!!

  36. You have set the bar so high for first grade teachers. I love your generosity and the number of teachers who are linking up with great math activities. I am in awe of the force behind this book study. Thank you so much.

  37. Good Morning!!! I came accross your blog this morning and have spent almost two hours reading! I am a first grade teacher (have taught first grade for ten years and taught a total of 13 years). I have gotten so many great ideas from your blog. you are so very kind to share with all of us!!!

  38. Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed reading all of your great ideas.

  39. Your ideas are fantastic, and so very helpful for the new year. Thank you so much for your hard work!!

  40. Thanks for stopping by my blog and linking up to the grade level linky party. I think you broke the ice and I really appreciate it! :-)

  41. Thanks for sharing these great ideas - I'm excited to use some (and modify some) in my kinder room next year!

  42. Thanks for all the great ideas!!I love your blog.

  43. Thanks so much. I can only say, "Ditto" to everyone else's comments. What a blessing to have all these great ideas shared. I am so thankful for the encouragement and inspiration from everyone.

  44. I absolutely love your ideas - I teach kindergarten and these will work wonderfully with the new Core standards for k. Thanks.

  45. Love your ideas! I need a few extra weeks of summer vacation to get everything ready! lol Thanks for all your hard work and sharing these wonderful resources with everyone!
    Sherri from Canada

  46. I'm reading Math Work Stations right I'm loving all of your cute games and ideas! Thanks for your hard work and for being so kind as to share it all with us!
    Stephanie from AL

  47. Thank you so much for posting your resources!! They are awesome and your hard work is so appreciated :)

  48. I love your ideas!!

  49. I love the number of the day books idea! I was doing the daily calendar on the Smartboard but only one kid at a time was doing it and the rest were bored. This is such a better way to teach number sense. Thanks for sharing!

  50. Thank you so much for all your information! You inspire so many people!

  51. Your resources are FABULOUS!!!!! My co-worker found your site and I'm having a blast. Thank you for sharing!!!

  52. Great Article !
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