I LOVE teaching place value. I actually never knew how much I LOVED it until I started teaching 2nd grade. I found that once I started upping my game with my place value content, my students would get excited and fall in love with numbers and math! It’s always an exciting moment when you notice students getting hooked on learning!
This year I had to privilege to create a set of activities to throw a PLACE VALUE PARTY for a 1st grade team in my town. They wanted something to really ENGAGE their little learners. That’s when a Place Value Party was formed! And, don’t worry. I didn’t forget about my 2nd grade teachers out there. After a little begging from a few sweet teachers, I caved and created one for them too, ha!
Here’s what a Place Value Party looks like:
And all the details:
Riddle Me This: Students determine which number is shown by counting up the place value blocks. They find the number on the grid which will reveal the answer to their riddle.
Place Value Crowns: No party is complete without a party hat! Each student wears a different number. As a class, you can compare and order numbers, create a human number line, find numbers with similarities, and so much more!
Place Value Pop: Place Value tasks are placed inside of a balloon. Hang the balloons from the ceiling or on a bulletin board. Pop a balloon, reveal a task, and solve as a class!
Have a Piece of Place Value Cake: Students create their own cake to form a number. Then, students complete place value tasks based on the number created.
Place Value Pin It: Ever played Pin the Tail on the Donkey? This is similar, but with a math twist! The teacher reads out the description of a number. The student with the number being described, brings up their number and pins it to the clown! It’s a classic party game turned math activity 🙂
The possibilities are endless when throwing a Place Value Party in your classroom! Hang up some streamers, play a little music, and watch your students fall in love with math all over again.
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