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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Resources for Place Value (4.NBT.A.1, 5.NBT.A.1)

To the left, to the left, to the left, right, left. What does this mean in regard to place value?

The Common Core State Standards require fourth graders to "recognize that in a multi-digit whole number, a digit in one place represents ten times what it represents in the place to its right" (4.NBT.A.1). Additionally, fifth graders must understand that it represents "1/10 of what it represents in the place to its left" (5.NBT.A.1). Today we'll look at some free and inexpensive products to support conceptualization and practice of place value.


Moving that pesky little decimal point is gaining attention in the Common Core State Standards! An earlier post suggests using Beyonce's song, "Irreplaceable," to reinforce this concept for fourth graders. Check out Placing the Value, a set of task cards and printables by Dennis McDonald, to help fifth grade students understand grasp shifts to the left and right with whole numbers and decimals.


Just getting started with place value? Place Value Task Cards by ChiliMath and Place Value: Base Ten Basics by Tina's Teaching Treasures will give your students practice with numbers in the hundreds place. When they're ready for numbers in the thousands place, try Primary Place Value Foldable, Task Cards, Assessments, and Poster by Janet Rainey and Place Value and Number Sense by Jan Lindley.

Working with Bigger Numbers

Interactive Math Journal for Place Value, created by Jane Feener, cements students' understanding of numbers to the millions place, and Place Value Task Cards by Shari Beck allow them to practice their skill with numbers in the hundred thousands.

Do you want to go bigger still? Place It: CCSS Place Value Math Center by Amy's SMART DesignsNumbers with Decimals offers hands-on activities for three levels: one thousands, hundred thousands, and hundred millions. Interested in going even bigger? These Place Value Task Cards by ChiliMath will take your students all the way to the hundred billions!

Moving into Decimals

Now it's time to move onto the other side of the decimal point! Place Value and Value of a Digit Interactive Notebook Math Foldable by Creative Critters and Place Value and Number Sense Stations - Elizabeth Hudgins can help your students learn about and practice decimal place value.

Once your students understand the function of that pesky little decimal point, they'll be ready to move it from the left to the right (and the left, right, left!)

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