Place Value is SO important! The more you can play games and work with place value at home, the better. Here is a fun game to practice place value with your child.
Place value means the value of each of the digits in a number. For first graders, this means understanding that all 2 digit numbers are composed of some tens and ones.
For example, your first grader will know that 23 is two tens and 3 ones. The 2, does not represent 2, it represents two tens, which have a value of 20.
In order to build this understanding here are a three quick and easy activities you can do at home to help out your child.
You will need:
- a deck of playing cards (face cards removed) OR a deck of Uno cards (game cards like Wild and Draw 2 removed)
- something to keep score with
- pad of paper and pencil OR
- something small (like legos) OR
- something edible (like Cheerios, raisins, fruit snacks, skittles)
How to play:
- Shuffle the cards and put them face down in a pile.
- Player 1 turns over 2 cards and builds a number. Player 2 turns over two cards and builds a number.
- Compare the numbers. Ask questions like:
- Which number is greater?
- How do you know?
- Why is this greater?
- The player with the greater number earns 1 point (make a tally mark on the paper, grab a counter, or collect a fruit snack)
- If your child is not sure how to compare:
- Try drawing a picture. Make groups of tens and count them by 10. Then count the ones that are left over.
- Use legos/duplos or some other stacking toy to connect groups of ten to build the number.
- How is it going?
- If this is really confusing for your child, take a step back and instead of comparing numbers, just practice building numbers. Draw two cards and build or draw the number together.
- If this is easy for your child, try a three digit number! Talk about hundreds, tens, and ones.