Number and Place Value are two Maths topics that I am constantly revising throughout the year – it may be a quick 5 minute game, or a whole lesson, but the importance of understanding place value can never be underestimated. When I am teaching these basic concepts I always have my High School Teacher Mum in my head saying “Primary teachers need to concentrate on the basics”.
A month or so ago I had an inspiring weekend – one idea lead to another idea which lead to more, and more and ta da, My Understanding Place Value booklet evolved.
Since then, I have been overwhelmed by the downloads I have received on this product, so I decided to “Make it Bigger, Make it Badder, Make it Awesome” to quote Duff Goldman and added some more activities. Having taught in both the US and Australian systems, I made a full “ones” version and full “units” version to take into account the different terminology used. Full explanation of each activity is included. I’ve added 16 open-ended place value tasks at the beginning of the document that can be used as discussion points, problem solving activities and whole class warm-ups.
Here are some of my favourites activities from the 70 page document.