# Archive for May 14th, 2012

## Even More Place Value Guided Math and Math Center Ideas

Place Value is so important. All of our students need to understand place value. You should work on place value in both guided math groups and math centers. Place value has to do with students understanding position, value, and the system of base ten that we use. Here are some activity ideas for working with place value.

Bundling Sticks You should start with activities like these where students build their own bundles. This reinforces the conceptual understanding of regrouping. The research states that you should engage in activities like this before you introduce the actual base ten blocks. Base ten blocks are considered a secondary manipulative whereas these are considered a primary one.

Number Branching Examples Examples of this are in the CCSS Progressions. Your students should definitely know how to do this, starting at kindergarten.

Place Value Cards – This is also an example that is given in the CCSS Progressions. You should definitely be using cards like these in your classroom, starting at kindergarten level.

Flip Cards– Flip cards are great for individual pupil response. I would make these and definitely use them during guided math sessions. You ask students to show you a number and they use their flip cards to do it.

Base Ten Letters – This is just a great activity to do with students that is engaging, fun and educational.

Place Value Sliders – This is just another type of individual pupil response tool that students can use to make numbers.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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