I recently watched a group of students playing a computer game that featured place value. Watching them play the game, I observed who easily played through the levels and who had trouble advancing.
As a teacher, my mind went to task analyzing what was needed as a foundation in order to understand place value.
With that in mind here is a checklist to determine if students have the necessary skills to understand place value.
If students don’t have these skills, STOP and teach these essential building blocks to understanding place value,
or your students will struggle with this cornerstone of mathematics throughout the year.
Reading Numbers 0-19
Reading 2Digit Numbers
Skip counting by 2 (free)
Skip counting by 5
Skip counting by 10
Skip counting by100