A must-have for a Maths working wall. Print out these colourful Place Value Posters to help your students understand the concept of place value. The posters are a quick and handy reference for students to refer to while they study in class.
Place value is one of the mathematical foundation blocks. It feeds into a whole range of concepts and procedures. So, a solid understanding of what place value is and how it works is essential.
From early on in their education students are taught about place value, often using concrete resources such as base ten blocks. They are given the opportunity to explore and build numbers physically to help develop a visual understanding of a number’s size and value. But even with these opportunities, students can find themselves in lost when it comes to displaying their understanding of place value in abstract written form.
That’s when these Place Value Posters come to the rescue. You can print them out and display them in your classroom to help students recall place value positions. They act as quick memory joggers and a way for students to check their work. Using the posters, you can build your own place value chart and use it alongside your teaching input.
The downloadable resource contains posters ranging from a tiny ten thousandths to a million. When creating your chart, you can decide how many places to display and add to it as you go. For example, you may wish to start with a simple hundred, tens and ones chart and then add decimals once you’ve covered them in class.
You could even use the posters to create a tabletop chart that students can write on or use alongside physical resources such as base 10 denes. If you choose to use the posters in this way, we suggest you laminate them. Laminating the sheets will make them more durable and allows children to write on them using whiteboard markers. You’ll be able to use them again and again.
How to use the Place Value Posters:
- Download the PDF document and select the required sheets.
- Print out the sheets and laminated them if you wish.
- Display the chart in a place that children can easily refer to or in a place where it can be used during teaching inputs.
Extension Activities and Fun Ideas:
- How about a place value puzzle? Hand students the posters and see if they can build a place value chart in the correct order.
- You could use the posters to create desktop charts that children can use independently in class. Simply alter your print settings and shrink the posters down to tabletop size.
- A fun alternative to using the traditional base ten resources is to create your own. Maybe you could use items from nature. Small twigs, logs, leaves, pebbles, pinecones, etc. Each item can represent a place value and you can place them onto the posters. If you make sure to use items that correlated in size, then it’s also a helpful way for students to visualise the difference in size between a ten and a hundred or a one and a tenth.
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