Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Place Value

Hey Everyone,

It's time for our Winter break and boy am I ready. One of the things I like best about my job is the breaks we get. Not for the reason you might think, time off, but because of the new beginnings. I love the fact that if something wasn't working quite right on Friday, you have a week off to figure out a new plan and start over. Isn't that the best????

We have been very busy since Christmas vacation so I thought I would share what we have been working on in grade 2. For those of you who don't know I have moved on up this year from 1st to 2nd grade and I am lovin' it!!! I started out in 2nd grade many years ago, but always wanted to teach first. I loved teaching first for 14 years but decided I was ready for a change. I had the opportunity to "move up" with my class this year and I'm glad I did!

Enough about that.......Here's what we have been up to....

Place Value

 We started place value before Christmas. We worked on the Smartboard. Students rolled the dice and put the numbers in the column below it to make a number. Simple activity, but great way to jog their memories on what we had already learned in first grade. They loved that it was interactive and the kids not at the board were writing the number on a sheet of paper. Once we had two numbers we talked about which one was greater and how could we show that with a symbol of  <  or  > .

We have also been working on writing numbers in expanded form.

In December I made these cute Place Value Christmas lights to use with our iPads. I gave each table 10 cards and they used the app Number Pieces to make the number with base 10 blocks. It was great practice for them. 

We used the Show Me app to take a card and then write the number on the card in expanded form. They loved it!

When we came back to school after Christmas break we used snowmen to show place value. I made these cute little snowmen to use in centers. They had to match the numbers with the place value blocks. I also used them for early finishers.

I also used these snowmen just like I used the Christmas lights above. 

We worked in groups. Each group got a stack of snowmen cards. They would take turns to pick a card and write the number in the middle of the sheet below. Then they would write the number that was 100 less on the left and the number that was 100 more on the right.

You can check out my Snowmen Place Value Unit by clicking on the picture below.


  1. Thank you for sharing so many cute ideas for this concept!
    Christine Maxwell Hand to Heart

  2. Your class looks like so much fun! Love the Place Value Unit! Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your week!

  3. I LOVE your ideas...actually all your ideas...What a great classroom! Enjoy your week!

  4. Love this idea! What a fun unit :)

  5. Place value is a huge deal in first grade! These are some good ideas. I especially like the snowmen - how cute!

  6. Yes, place value is HUGE! I think you are exactly right, if something isn't working or the kids are getting it, it's so nice to carry it on into the follow week :) Love your ideas and activities!

  7. Great ideas for place value; I especially love the snowmen! I plan on checking out the show me app.....I have not heard of it before.


  8. I LOVE your place value activities! We teach 3rd grade and place value is one of the harder parts of our math curriculum!