Sunday, April 24, 2011

Math Monday Blog Hop - Place Value Sliders


I can't believe I have been blogging for 3 weeks now! I realized it had been 3 weeks when I started thinking of what idea I would submit for love2learn2day's Math Monday Blog Hop - how quickly time flies!

This week, I am posting my Place Value Sliders. I like to use this to supplement our current textbook. Unfortunately, our curriculum does not have enough place value practice and I was desperate for a way to have the kids play with numbers that was kinesthetic.

To make the sliders, I give every student a set of number "slides" and one "holder" (the green slip of paper in the picture). I use 5 slides because our state GLEs require students to know numbers up to 99,999. I'm sure you can use as many place values as you would like. After the kids cut out their slides and holder, I laminate them so they will last all year. I then use an Xacto knife to (very!) carefully cut the slits in the holders to hold the sliders (you can also tape the ends of the number sliders together to make an odometer look). I give the sliders and holders back to the kids to keep in their math tool kit.

As for using the sliders in the classroom, I often ask students to make a 4-digit number, a 2-digit number, etc. I also ask for them to make numbers using only odd/even numbers or ask for them to make a number with an odd/even number on the ends. I might ask for their number to include 2 odd/even numbers, etc.

Number Sliders

How would you use Place Value Sliders? I would love to hear more ideas on how to use them in the classroom!

Thanks for stopping by!

12 comments:

  1. How do they hold up throughout the year? Pretty well? Very cool idea. I'd love to see a short video with a child demonstrating! ;)

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  2. They do pretty well since I laminate them. I use lots of tools like this with math so we have several talks about keeping things in good condition. Of course, I do have the one or two that never know where something is, but I usually have a spare laying around to keep them from spending their whole time looking for their kits!

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  3. This are a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. What a great idea! I think when I make this for my class I will also include a blank space on the slider, so if we're looking at numbers less than 10000, the ten thousands place can be a blank instead of a zero. Thanks so much for sharing this idea!

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  6. Thanks for sharing this idea. I down loaded it and I may have to have this in my class on Tuesday for the kiddos. Found your blog via pinterest.

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  7. I plan to use these when calling out the word form and students will make the standard form on the slider. For another activity, they can make the standard form and then show the rounded number on the slider. Great tool!

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  8. I think this is a fabulous idea! I'm using interactive journals this and think this would be a great tool. I don't have a scribd acct. would you be willing to share your link or are they available on TPT? Thank you in advance.

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  9. Brilliant idea, I'll definitely try this out......( :

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  10. Will work super with my students who are learning decimal place value! Thank you!

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  11. too good simple yet innovative ! Keep going.

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