Place Value Expanding Numbers Activity
I am always in search of new and fun ways to help my students with place value. I have quite a collection here on the site and on Pinterest as well. I came across this place value practice idea from Smiling and Sunshine in Second Grade the other day and thought I would try it out with my first graders. Smiling and Sunshine used adorable monsters with their activity. I decided to make it our own by using Pugs instead.
I am a Pug owner and a huge Pug fan. Most of my classroom decor is Pug themed so my students leave first grade as Pug fans as well. Anytime I throw a Pug story or idea at them they go at it full throttle. So here is my twist on Smiling and Sunshine’s Place Value Monsters.
I loved Smiling and Sunshines’ free template. I used her idea, but added a bit more structure for my first graders. I created a template for ones/tens, ones/tens/hundreds and ones/tens/hundreds/thousands. See below:
Place Value cubes if needed
Chose which template(s) you want to use and copy enough for the group.
Allow them to choose a number or choose one for them.
Have them complete the “I’m Expanding” paper.
Add a decoration on top that suits your class!
This year we did the same activity, but with circus performers to go with our unit.
You can download our FREE templates here.
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