Ain’t no party like a Place Value Party! Over the past year I have made a Place Value Party for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students. Well, enough kinder teachers banded together and talked me into creating a set of activities for them! I fell into peer pressure and just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make something for those sweet kinder babies! If you’ve never heard of a place value party, let’s take a look at what all it entails!
You cannot have a party without a cake. Students choose a number between 1 and 20 to model on their cake. They will represent that number on a ten frame using dot stickers, paint dabbers, or markers. Then students show the number that comes before and after the number they modeled.
Of course you need a party hat! Our Courtly Counters wear a hat with a number between 1 and 30. Each hat has the number and number word for them to trace and write. They also locate the number on the number line, show it on the ten frame, and draw a picture for their number. Then, once all students have on their hat the class can really have some fun! You can create a classroom number line, practice greater/less than, and numbers that come before/after!
We can’t forget about the party clown! For this activity, students receive a number on a nose. The teacher shows a ten frame and the student with that number comes up to pin their nose on the clown. You can spin them around with a blindfold on and see where the nose lands!
It truly isn’t a party without balloons! Place Value Pop It allows the class to focus on different place value tasks throughout the day. Roll up the strips, place into balloons, and pop to solve the problem as a class. You will be counting on, comparing numbers, counting objects, finding missing numbers, and more!
You’ve got to challenge your party guests, so that’s where the riddle comes in. Students are given a recording sheet with a riddle to solve. They visit a card, determine the greater number, and locate that on their number grid. The numbers will reveal a picture which is the answer to the riddle.
I hope that you and your students have the best time at your Place Value Party!
Don’t forget I have three other options as well. Click below if you are interested in a different level of numbers.