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Math Lesson: Place Value Practice

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--Place Value



Brief Description

With this simple project, students create a tool for practicing the mathematical concept of place value.


Students will:

  • Recognize that digits in a number represent the number of ones, tens and hundreds. 


Math, place value, digits

Materials Needed

Lesson Plan

  1. Provide each student with a paper towel or toilet paper tube. Explain that they will be recycling this tube to create a place value practice game. Provide wrapping paper, construction paper or crayons and markers that they can use to decorate/cover the tube. Make sure that the tubes do not get bent in the process.
  2. Provide each student with a copy of the Place Value Practice printable. Instruct them to cut out the number strips. Show them how to wrap a strip around the tube and carefully glue the ends together without gluing the strip to the tube. Once the glue is dry, students should be able to turn the strips so that they can create different 3-digit numbers. Instruct them to add the letters H, T and O next to the strips as a reminder for the place values.
  3. Since there are four number strips and students will only use three at a time in different order, their place value tubes will be slightly different.
  4. You can play a game by creating teams of small groups. List the teams on the board. Call out a number and ask students to try to create that number on their tube. If they are able to create the number on their tube, they earn a point for their team.


Assess the accuracy of numbers that students create on their tubes.

Lesson Plan Source

Cre8time, through partnership with EducationWorld

Submitted By

Elmer’s Teachers Club

Common Core State Standards

CCSS.Math.Content.1.NBT.B.2 - Understand that the two digits of a two-digit number represent amounts of tens and ones.

CCSS.Math.Content.2.NBT.A.1 - Understand that the three digits of a three-digit number represent amounts of hundreds, tens, and ones; e.g., 706 equals 7 hundreds, 0 tens, and 6 ones.

CCSS.Math.Content.3.NBT.A.1 - Use place value understanding to round whole numbers to the nearest 10 or 100.



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