Understanding place value is an important Math skill for elementary students. One of the objectives is for students to describe the relationship between places in a base ten system. Although this may seem difficult at first, starting with concrete manipulatives can really help students gain a deeper understanding.
I like to start by letting students “play” with the blocks for a few minutes. Then I will ask specific questions and have them use the blocks to work out answers. One such example is “How many ones do you need to equal a ten?” or “How many tens can you use to make one hundred?” Give students time to work together or independently with the blocks to answer the question, then discuss. I also like to write the questions/answers on the board or have a record sheet for them to work along with.
After students have a lot of practice discussing and writing the relationships with place value blocks, a place value chart will come in handy. I like to use different colors and draw arrows on the place value chart to show the students the patterns on the chart.
I also teach students how to draw their own place value charts. When working word problems with relationships, I have my students draw and label place value charts.
If you are looking for resources to help your students master this objective, I have two great resources in my TpT store:
Place Value Relationships Task Cards:
Place Value Relationships Notes and Practice:
6 thoughts on “Place Value Relationships”
I love how you color code and and draw arrows to help your students see the patterns on the place value chart. Great idea!
Thanks for sharing these great activities. I need all the help with Math that I can get!
Wow! Our school has just been discussing the importance of place value! Great ideas 👍🏼
I really, REALLY appreciate all the images in this post. For those who are a little slow catching on in understanding what you are teaching and how you go about it, (myself included) the photos are so helpful. Excellent resource on Place Value!
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