Our Grade 2’s are learning about place value at the moment. For some of them(I work at a remedial school) the concept is quite hard. This hands-on approach with building blocks help to make the concept “stick” easier!
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You only need big building blocks and a dry-erase marker. Each block presents a place: ones(units), tens, hundreds or thousands.
Use the blocks to explain how the biggest number must be at the bottom of the stack, building up to the smallest unit, otherwise your “tower” will be unstable.
After playing with blocks(3D), go on to 2D number cards(Get printables here). Do the same activity with the cards now.
Making learning concrete, helps students to understand a concept easier. It makes learning fun too!
Have fun teaching, building and learning!
Some more hands-on learning ideas:
Plant-a-Word Spelling Activity
Ordering Numbers Fishing Game
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