Monthly Archives: January 2017

Suggested Online Resources for Place Value

These are suggested resources we have shared to our teachers during the 13th Annual MEAD Conference on Saturday, January 21st, 2017.  The short workshop focused on the topic of Place Value for grades 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade.

Links to Websites with Online Interactive Games, Activities, or Videos

NCTM Illuminations on Place Value For Place Value Online Activity

Place Value Puzzler by “Funbrain”

Khan Academy Explanation of Place Value

 Math Play


Links to the Activities Used at the Workshop

Build a Number:


  1. Draw four cards where Jack is a 0 and A is a 1 (take out Q, 10, and K cards)
  2. With those four cards, build the largest number and smallest number. Write those two numbers down.
  3. Using the original numbers, round the smallest number to the nearest thousand. Round the largest number to the nearest hundred. Which rounded number is bigger? Which number has the biggest hundred?  Which number has the biggest ten?  Why?
  4. Shuffle out five cards. This time, write your number using a decimal and include a tenths, hundredths, and thousandths place.  Write it as your largest number and smallest number.
  5. How many tenths does the largest number have? How many tenths does the smallest number have?
  6. Look at your smallest number, what is digit is bigger, the digit in the hundredths place, or the digit in the thousandths place, why? Which digit has the greatest value?

Cup Stacking Activity:


                You need styrofoam cups (or any cups with a lip so you can write a digit on the lip).  Label each cup with a digit from 0-9 (I used a sharpie for this, and I wrote the digit on both sides of the lip).  Repeat for the number of cups you have.  The number of cups you need depend on the number of students playing, and how high you wish your numbers to go.  For a group of 3, playing to the hundred thousands, you will need 18 cups.  (I bought a pack of 20 at the dollar store).  To work with numbers in the billions, students would build a pyramid with 10 cups.

Links to Suggested Graphic Organizers: 








Math and Parent Partners Curriculum Materials are Free Online


With the changing demands of school budgets, the Math and Parent Partners (MAPPS) Center is now offering the curriculum materials at no cost to teachers and parents.  These are available online at the MAPPS Center website:

The mission of the MAPPS Center is to help children improve their mathematics skills.  To accomplish this, we enlist the support of the student’s peers, families, and their schools.  We also focus on changing the way we as teachers, parents, and students learn the mathematics and how we view ourselves as learners.  We can begin accomplishing this through explorations in math through cooperative learning, critical thinking tasks, and using different tools to help us achieve success.

We have had the privilege of seeing such a great shift as to how parents, teachers, and students learn the mathematics and we can continue sharing this experience by providing our materials to you at no cost.

When you are ready and open to receive training, consultation, or have questions regarding how to set this program up at your school, or site, contact us!


Links to the MAPPS Center Materials

Math for Parents K-4 Workshop Materials (English and Spanish) 

Math for Parents 5-8 Workshop Materials (English and Spanish) 

Math for Parents Mini-Course Materials 

Best Regards

Christina Grossman, MAPPS Center