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: 








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