Hi everyone, I am a 3rd grade teacher but we are switching students next week after we grouped the children by ability level. I get the super low group that needs basic place value help. Do you have suggestions for place value lessons that you do in 2nd that I could use? I have only taught 3rd so I'm not sure what to do for kids a year or more behind.

Repeated lessons that might include:
Days of school with sticks in ones place, and then bundled into 10's.
Expanded notation: 156 is 100 + 50 + 6. It is also 1 100, 5 10's 6 1's.
Writing numbers on white boards and circling a digit in the 1's, 10's or 100's.

One game that they like is Beans and Rafts.

Make a set for each buddy. You'll need a baggy of beans, sticks with 10 beans glued on, and a raft of 100 with 10 sticks glued together to make the raft.

Partners take turns rolling the dice. Whatever number they roll, they put that number of beans into the cup. When the cup is full, they trade in 10 beans to get a stick. The winner is the first one to get to 100.

The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives at nvlm.usa.edu/en also offers a way to manipulate something that resembles unifix cubes to demonstrate regrouping.

I got it out of a Scholastic Book, but you could easily make the workmats. Put paper landscape divide into 3 columns. Label them with $1.00, $.10, $.01 also put a picture of each if you can. Kids play with a partner or small group, but they each need their own mat. You need pennies, dimes, & one dollar (I use play money) and one die per group. The kids take turns rolling the die & take that number of pennies & place them in the penny column. When they get 10 pennies, they trade them for a dime & place it into the dime column. The first student to get to $1.00 is the winner).

You can play the same game using base ten blocks and mats that are labeled 100's, 10's, 1's. They roll die & take that # of cubes, trading for a ten when they have enough.

I might have some smartboard lessons do you have notebook software?

We have a sentence strip with Hundreds, Tens, Ones at the top. Two students take turns picking a number card and choose a place to put the number (H,T or O). The goal is to make the largest (or smallest) number. I add extensions to it like writing each number in expanded form, using < ,> to compare each number etc. if you are interested and need more clarification I can post my directions for the game.

The arrow cards have helped the kids with their expanded notation skills greatly! Each student has a set and they use them when working with numbers to help them see the expanded form in place value. We have used them with the base 10 blocks to show the relationship between the manipulatives and the numbers (you can use this feature on the above site as well).

Along with my previous post, I've been using a lot of the lessons/games from the common core lessons Georgia has put together. Here's their 1st unit which is all place value things ~ some great games and hands on activities: