Place value, the value of where the digit is in the number based on the location of the digit is a very important concept learnt in elementary school. This week First graders made a place value slider, so they could make numbers. Children sat with a partner. The partner said a number and the other child had to form that number by sliding the numbers up and down. It helps them understand place value from ones up to tens.
Second graders made place value cups. When creating numbers, they could take them apart to see the expanded form. The kids put the cups together to see the standard form. When students create numbers like this, they “see” the numbers and this concrete representation helps them to make connections between concepts of hundreds, tens, and ones.
First and second graders really enjoyed doing this!