Putting Numbers in Their Place
Recognize place value of digits in a series of numbers. Sort digits into correct columnar placement on a base plate.
Player 1: Think of a 3-digit number on your baseplate. Don’t tell it!
Player 1: Give indications such as the number of tens is …, the one for hundreds is … and the one for ones is
Player 2: Place correctly each relevant brick at the correct position on the base plate
Player. 2: Read the 3-digit number
Both players: Compare your numbers
How to prepare
1 base plate
Classic LEGO bricks
All number bricks
3 letter bricks: “O”, “T”, “H”
1 number sign brick
Use the classic bricks to build a grid dividing the base plate into 3 columns (ones, tens, hundreds). Place all the number bricks in the bowl.
Explain “Number sign brick placed once on the top left corner of the baseplate indicates all bricks are numbers.”
Explain numerical values of each column; i.e. left column equals hundreds…
Ask “How can you perform the activity without physically drawing the columns?”
Increase the number of columns to work on millions, thousands…
Use the same activity to perform math operations on three- to six-digit numbers.
Children will develop these holistic skills
- Use numbers to show a rank, a position: Recognize the place value of each digit in a four-digit number (thousands, hundreds, tens, and ones)
- Put into words procedures in peer-to-peer exchanges
- Follow courteous behavior: Give compliments to others
- Organize: find objects in their usual place; return them to their usual place; sort or categorize by placement, function, attribute; gather materials for a task
- Articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions: Ask relevant questions to extend understanding and knowledge
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