Place Value Relationships

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. Continue reading

Compose & Decompose Freebie!

Are you looking for FREE resources to help teach your students how to compose and decompose numbers?  Well, I have a great resource for you here!  This is set of notes and practice problems for composing and decomposing 3 digit through 5 digit numbers.  The target grade level is 2nd – 5th.



Want more freebies?   Kari B. Camp has a link-up with many different free products from several sellers.  This is a excellent way to get some great resources for FREE! If you like the resources you download, please take a few minutes to leave feedback for the authors!

Understanding Place Value


Have you ever had a student who seemed to understand place value  initially, but then when questions were asked just a little differently couldn’t really answer correctly? Younger students need a lot of hands on practice and a lot of discussions before moving on to pictorial and abstract. What about middle and upper elementary?  As  the learning targets get higher and the numbers get bigger, most students need to revisit basic place value concepts with hands on experiences and discussions to build or review understanding before moving on to bigger numbers. Continue reading

Resources for Decimals

In my last post I shared some of my strategies for helping students understand decimals. Today I would like to expand on that and share some of my favorite resources!

  1. Scholastic Study Jams has a great tutorial on decimal place value which can be found here for FREE!
  2. MathAntics has a great FREE video which explains fractions and decimals in terms of powers of ten and place value:

3.  K5Learning has Free decimal worksheets!

4. I have card games with fraction models on my TpT page which are great for naming, matching, comparing and ordering decimals:

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