Building Place Values

Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5

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Math & Movement

Activity Instructions

Once your students are gaining a better understanding of the place values with the activity above, you can have them add on and build the number with blocks or popsicle sticks.
Example: We will use a smaller number for this example.
Create the number 7,869.
Put the number 9 card in the box at the top of the mat above the “ones.” Put the numbers 6, 8, and 7 in their boxes at the top of the mat. Have students build the number to show the value of each digit with the place value blocks or popsicle sticks. Place nine “ones” (single sticks) in the ones box. Place six “tens” (bundles of ten sticks) in the tens box. Place eight “hundreds” (bundles of one hundred sticks or ten bundles of ten sticks) in the hundreds box. Put seven “thousands” (ten bundles of one hundred sticks) in the thousands box.


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