Understanding Place Value with 15+ Activities

Number and Place Value are two Maths topics that I am constantly revising throughout the year - it may be a quick 5 minute game, or a whole lesson, but the importance of understanding place value can never be underestimated. When I am teaching these basic concepts I always have my High School Teacher Mum in my head saying "Primary teachers need to concentrate on the basics".

A month or so ago I had an inspiring weekend - one idea lead to another idea which lead to more, and more and ta da, My Understanding Place Value booklet evolved.

Since then, I have been overwhelmed by the downloads I have received on this product, so I decided to "Make it Bigger, Make it Badder, Make it Awesome" to quote Duff Goldman and added some more activities. Having taught in both the US and Australian systems, I made a full "ones" version and full "units" version to take into account the different terminology used. Full explanation of each activity is included. I've added 16 open-ended place value tasks at the beginning of the document that can be used as discussion points, problem solving activities and whole class warm-ups.

Here are some of my favourites activities from the 70 page document.
Simple expanded form worksheet. This concept is important because it ensures student understand the place value of numbers as well as how to correctly read it. This understanding assists with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills. 

Add on numbers to a certain place value. This activity checks to ensure students know which number is in which place value. 

A Place Value Game that can be used as a warm up or for early finishers. A total of 8 worksheets are included with a focus on numbers in the place value of hundreds and thousands. Answers are provided where applicable. 

This is a worksheet can be used as a game. Children roll 3 ten sided dice, make a 3 digit number then write the number in the correct location and then roll again. The goal is to fill the whole sheet in correct order.  

These cards can be used for ordering activities. Included are 2, 3 and 4 digit numbers. 36 cards are included for each place value. 

How to Number Expanders. Using the template, children create number expanders to understand the concept of expanded form. This is definitely one of my favourites from the pack and the students agree. Full explanation is included. 

Everyone loves bingo! This one is bingo with a twist! Find out more when you download the pack. 

My class love this activity. License plate math! (Number Plate math version also included). Get your class outside and use the staff car park as your inspiration! Students practice reading and writing numbers and then put them in order from smallest to largest. 

Expanded form game. This is great clipart from Mel at From the Pond. Simply cut between each number set (the zigzag is so much funkier than just straight lines) and children can have fun matching the number with the expanded  worded form. Thirty 2-digit cards and thirty 3-digit cards are included.

The makings of a flip book is also included. This is what each child will need. Then put the numbers in order from 0 to 9 and staple to make a book. Everything is included in the pack!

Children cut along the dotted lines (and a little above) and fold numbers up and down to create different numbers. This is definitely another favourite with the students. There is something calming about making little books! 

There are few more classroom resources in the pack too. You really do get a bit of everything when you download it! Find out more information here, you won't be surprised when you find out it is my best seller. 


  1. This is great Alison, I love the little matching page, perfect for my kids. Thank you so much for sharing:)

    Surfin' Through Second

    1. Of course! Thanks for visiting from Hawaii!

  2. I can not be a Giants fan, but I have a student who writes me a persuasive letter everyday, trying to convince me to root for them. Yesterday's ended with, "Fear the Beard". :-)

    Chickadee Jubilee

    1. Oh, that is fabulous! I like that student already, he has spunk! Thanks for sharing!


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