# 5 Ideas for Teaching Place Value in 3rd Grade

# 5 Ideas for Teaching Place Value in 3rd Grade

I have 5 ideas for **teaching place value in 3rd grade**!

**Place value is often mostly review in 3rd grade**, as students are **building off the initial concept** that they s**tarted learning in their beginning years of elementary school.**

At my school, place value was one of the **first** **concepts** that we would **teach** in the **beginning** of the **year.**

I have some lesson ideas that you could **incorporate into your math block** if you’re on the **search for something new!**

You probably have a boatload of place value ideas, but it’s **always fun finding something new to switch up your usual routine. **

**Keep reading** to **learn about engaging place value lesson ideas!**

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## Idea #1: plate with manipulatives

You can either use **separated** **plates** (*Target has these for cheap, or you can use paper separated plates!*), or you could just use a basic paper plate with 3 lines drawn on it separating out each section!

Make each **section** is a **holder** for a **specific** **kind** of **base** **ten** **blocks** (*one section is 100s, one section is 10s, and one section is 1s*).

There are** lots** of **ways** to use these **separated** **plates**!

Make this a center where **students** **write** **down** a **number** on a **whiteboard,** then **make** the **number** using **base ten blocks.**

Make it a **whole group activity.**

**Hand** out a **plate** to **each student** (*or put kids into partners if you don’t have enough plates)*. **Write** a **number** on the **board,** and see how fast that **kids** can **make** it with their **plate** and **base** **ten** **blocks**!

**Hands-on learning** is always **SO MUCH more fun!**

## Idea #2: Base Ten WAR

This **place** **value** **game** helps to **reinforce** the idea of **digits** **creating** **various** **sets** of **numbers, **and that** the value of a digit changes depending on its placement in the number.**.

This **place** **value** **game** works **best** with **two** **players**!

Using **index** **cards**, write down a **couple of sets of digits 0-9.**

Students will **shuffle** **cards**, then put the **set in between both players.**

The first player **draws two cards**. The second player draws two cards.

Let’s say that Player A draws a 7 and a 2. They will be **putting these digits together to make a number.**

Player A can make either a 72 or a 27. They want to **pick the higher number.** They’ll put 72 down.

Player B draws a 3 and a 1. Player B can make either a 13 or 31. 31 is the higher number. They’ll put 31 down.

72 is more than 31, so Player A takes the cards.

The **winner** is **whoever** has the **most** **cards** at the **end** (*like a normal war game!*).

Once students learn how to play, this is a **super** **easy** **center** to use in **math** at any **time** of the **year**!

## Idea #3: be HUMAN base ten blocks

This one is **super fun** and **great** for **kids** who love **movement** in their **learning.**

Tell students that i**nstead of using base ten blocks** to build numbers – they are going to** BE the base ten blocks!**

First, have a **stack** of **papers** that have **1,000, 100, 10, and 1**.

*Only make one paper with 1,000 on them. A few more with 100. More with 10, and the most with 1.*

Hand a **piece** of **paper** out **randomly** to **each** **student**.

Write a **number** on the **board**.

Students will have to **line up** and **make** the **number.**

For example, if you write down the number 1,239 on the board, then you need one student with 1,000, 2 students with 100, 3 students with 10, and 9 students with 1.

You can **shuffle** the **cards** and **pass them out several times** so that **students** can have a **chance** to be a **different** **place value!**

## Idea #4: Place Value Color By Number Worksheets

Make your **place value practice extra fun** with **place value color by number worksheets**!

These place value color by numbers come with** 10 in a set ***(plus an answer key, of course!)*

This **place value worksheet set** covers topics like **digits**, **writing** **numbers**, **standard**/**expanded**/**written** **form,** and **base** **ten** **blocks**.

As **students correctly answer place value questions**, they are **directed on what color to color each part of a picture.**

These are a **blast**. – they are both **engaging** and **motivating**.

Your students will** actually ask for more of these ***(I’m serious!).*

You can find them at** Glitter in Third on TPT**.

Click **HERE** to check them out!

## Idea #5: Egyptian math

This is a **great extension activity!**

It is also a **fabulous activity** to do with your **highest** or **gifted learners** in **guided math, **or to** introduce **the** idea **that** digits are symbols that have value.**

So, our **base-ten system** that we use is from the **Arabic number system.**

This **Arabic number system** has **digits** **0-9**, which can then be used to **make any number** (for example, 7,324 is made from 4 digits).

However, the **Egyptian number system** was a little bit different than the **Arabic number system*** (although both are base ten systems).*

Instead of having digits 0-9 to create all numbers, the **Egyptian number** system had **unique symbols for 1, 10, 100, 1,000, etc.**

*You can see all the symbols on this website.*

Now, if you’re thinking *“what does this have to do with teaching place value?”*

**Everything!**

It helps **kids** make **connections** that **digits** are **simply symbols** that are put **together** to **form a number. **

To make this into a math lesson, first **print** out the **symbols** from the **website.**

Write a **number down** on a **whiteboard.**

See if **students** can **write down** the numbers using **Egyptian hieroglyphics!**

Once students get the hang of this, **switch** it **around!**

Write down an **Egyptian number,** and see if **students** can **figure out** what the **number** is!

Again, this is a **great extension activity** to get **students thinking** in a **new way** and **realizing** that **number systems** often look **different,** yet **serve** the **same purpose:** to **create numbers.**

## Looking for more info on place value?

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*Click the links below to check each out!*

- Place value color by number worksheets
- Place value digital mystery pixel art
- Place value interactive notebook
- Place value for Google Classroom

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