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Place Value Activities for the Creative Teacher

If you are reading this blog article then you are probably searching for a creative approach to teaching place value. I should note that not all teaching opportunities need to start with major prep and stress. We as teachers need to simplify where we can. Right?

Well, I truly believe that is so, but also feel that we need to add a little spice to our lessons. This is one thing I strive to do and hope that you do as well. I have set out to make learning more fun and I hope you stick around to see one of the things that I developed to practice, reinforce, use for intervention, or to simply compliment your already awesome place value lesson.

Place Value Charts are Nothing New

I know place value charts are nothing new to place value lessons. My intention is not to claim I created place value charts. I have created place value charts that your students will adore and have fun using as well.

The phone/tablet theme will draw them in and boost morale. Your students (kiddos if you teach homeschool) will most likely beg you to use these. You will have to tell them that they have to wait for multiplication so you can whip out the matching multiplication charts.

Place value can be fun! Use this place value math game to spice up you centers and more. Place value to hundreds. #placevalue #mathcenters #thirdgrademath #secondgrademath #homeschoolmath #teacherspayteachers
Place value can be fun! Use this place value math game to spice up you centers and more. Place value to thousands. #placevalue #mathcenters #thirdgrademath #secondgrademath #homeschoolmath #teacherspayteachers
Place value can be fun! Use this place value math game to spice up you centers and more. Place value to hundred thousands. #placevalue #mathcenters #thirdgrademath #secondgrademath #homeschoolmath #teacherspayteachers
Place value can be fun! Use this place value math game to spice up you centers and more. Place value to millions. #placevalue #mathcenters #thirdgrademath #secondgrademath #homeschoolmath #teacherspayteachers
Place Value to Hundreds

What's Included:

  • 2-Spinners Ones to Hundreds
  • 2-Spinners 0-9
  • Place Value Charts 2 color choices
  • Numbers to Label Place Value
  • Place Value Cube
Place Value to Thousands

What's Included:

  • 1-Spinner ones to thousands
  • 2 Spinners labeled 0-9
  • Place value charts to thousands
  • Numbers to label place value
  • Place value cube
Place Value to Hundred Thousands

What's Included:

  • 1-Spinner ones to hundred thousands
  • 1-Spinner 0-9
  • Place value charts to hundred thousands
  • Place Value Cube
Place Value to Millions

What's Included:

  • 1-Spinner ones to millions
  • 1 Spinner 0-9
  • Place value charts to millions
  • Place Value Cube

What is Place Value?

What is place value and why do we teach p.v.? Place value is the idea that a number represents a value depending on its location. The reason we teach place value is to help students with things like rounding, regrouping, and addition and subtraction. 

The nutshell version - you will not give your students a good math foundation without implementing strong place value knowledge.

Although this blog post is not to teach you specifically about place value, I want to provide a little background knowledge so you will understand the importance of making your students' learning experience memorable.

Where Can You Find These Awesome Place Value Games?

Click the pictures above to be sent directly to each product. Also, below are some pictures that have been linked to each product.

You can also find my Teachers Pay Teachers store through my SHOP menu tab.

A Sneak Peak into the Products

Place value can be fun! Use this place value math game to spice up you centers and more. Place value to hundreds. #placevalue #mathcenters #thirdgrademath #secondgrademath #homeschoolmath #teacherspayteachers
Place Value to the Thousands
Place value can be fun! Use this place value math game to spice up you centers and more. Place value to thousands. #placevalue #mathcenters #thirdgrademath #secondgrademath #homeschoolmath #teacherspayteachers
Place value can be fun! Use this place value math game to spice up you centers and more. Place value to millions. #placevalue #mathcenters #thirdgrademath #secondgrademath #homeschoolmath #teacherspayteachers #fourthgrade
Place value can be fun! Use this place value math game to spice up you centers and more. Place value to hundred thousands. #placevalue #mathcenters #thirdgrademath #secondgrademath #homeschoolmath #teacherspayteachers
Place value can be fun! Use this place value math game to spice up you centers and more. Place value to millions. #placevalue #mathcenters #thirdgrademath #secondgrademath #homeschoolmath #teacherspayteachers #fourthgrade

Thanks for Sticking Around Until the End!

Are you looking for a place value game that will spice up your place value lesson? Maybe you want to boost morale in your elementary math class. This bundle comes with place value to hundreds, place value to thousands, place value to hundred thousands, and place value to millions. #placevalue #centergames #homeschoolmath #secondgrade #thirdgrade #fourthgrade

Since you stuck around until the end, I thought I would tell you about the bundle. It has all four games! Click on the picture above and you can find it for $10! Or go here.

How to make Square Thumbnails for Teachers Pay Teachers

I remember starting my journey on Teachers pay Teachers a few years back. It was 2012 and there were virtually no videos to help me on my journey. Plus, I live where you can't get internet. I'm serious... country girl problems. They are trying to put in fiber optics - $140 for 1G - per month. No thanks, that's snail speed, I'll just try to keep using my cell phone as a spotless hot spot. NOT THE POINT!

My point is, I want to help you be the most efficient, tpt'er/teacherpreneur/entrepreneur/teacher author... Well, you get it right. I want to help you START OFF being successful. I don't want you to have as many tears as I did and still kinda do. So, in the video below I show you how to make square thumbnails for Teachers Pay Teachers.

THINGS CANVA CAN DO

The website I use to create my thumbnails is canva.com (not an affiliate). The video takes you through all the steps because honestly, pictures of how to do it will probably not help, I would watch the video. 

Anyhoo, below is a list of the reasons I use Canva to give you an idea if you are a scanner and don't like videos.

  • It is easier to access your pictures.
  • You can see your pictures better, meaning they are all right there in your dashboard.
  • Pictures be can stored directly in Canva and don't need external storage or computer storage space.
  • You can download as pdf, png, transparent png, and jpg.
  • It is super easy to change a photo size.
  • You can edit your photo directly in Canva and don't have to edit before inserting it in to a thumb. 


THINGS CANVA CAN'T DO

There are a few things Canva can't do that your other software's can. Below is a short list of a few notable things.

  • It doesn't do shadows or text effects.
  • You can't put color in text with text effects. The text has to be all one color, no cool outlines.
  • You need an internet connection so you can't do it offline.

Thanks for sticking around to the end of the post! Since you did check out on of my freebies.

Report Cards

Are you a classroom teacher, admistrator, or homeschooling family that needs an effective report cards for your record keeping purposes? I know that I am, and I hate paying for one each year. 

Well, one day I decided to do something about my expensive report card angst and MADE SOME!

They don't have to specifically be used in homeschool, they can be used for classroom purposes too.

There are 2 designs for each school level; Elementary, Middle, and High School.

Click on the pictures below to visit my Teachers Pay Teachers store and grab your set! You can use them through your child's entire school experience. 

They are $6 for the set. If you add up how much I have spent on them over the past few years, you will save around $70 after purchasing these!

It is important to save money when you are homeschooling, it gets expensive.

How to print on both sides.
  • Put card-stock in your printer
  • Print the first side.
  • Feed the paper back through by laying it in the tray print side up EXACTLY the way it came out of the printer.
  • Fold down the middle after printing.