Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Place Value Cards

This has been a really big summer for me.  I decided to open a store on Teachers Pay Teachers. I never had a clue how many HOURS and HOURS it takes to create a single product for something like this.  When I originally signed up to sell I thought, "Oh, I'll just tweak the stuff I already use and be on my way."  Boy was I wrong.  First of all, I don't want to rip anybody off and to be honest, a lot of the ideas for what I use in my classroom came from other people or websites. I don't want to take credit for someone else's work, so right away I realized that almost none of my existing files would be appropriate for TpT.  Plus, most of the clip art I used is copyrighted for single user only, not commercial. So I started creating from scratch and now I am HOOKED!  As of today I am up to 16 products in my store.  I have sold an entire TWO items.  I'm gonna take my $3.00 in earnings and go on a shopping spree baby!  I'm really hoping that my store will start to see some sales in August.  To celebrate my 16th and largest item being posted today, I thought I'd share this little freebie.

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This is a set of place value cards that you can put on your chalk/white board to help with teaching place value.  I use them every year with my students, it is such a great way to work on how to say large numbers as well as working on the order of place value terms.  When I use these cards I ask kids questions like....

What is the place value of 2? (ten millions)

What is the value of the 2?  (20,000,000)

What digit is in the ten millions place? (2)

How do you say this number?  (sorry I'm not writing that one out!  :-) )

Where do you put the commas?  (assuming you hadn't already put the commas up)

Of course I don't start the year in 3rd grade with all 9 digits.  We start with numbers in the thousands and then build as we go.  Each time the number gets a little bigger I get gasps and cheers from the peanut gallery.  I love how excited they get when I put a REALLY BIG number on the board.  They think they are so grown up and smart when they can read those big numbers.

You can download this freebie by heading over to my TpT store with the link below.  While you're there, please check out my other products.  Click the green star under my name to follow me and find out when I post new products, host sales or have new freebies.



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