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Teaching Place Value with Hands-On Manipulatives
We use Base Ten Blocks to teach our children about place value. The basic unit is a 1x1x1cm block and is called a Unit. It represents a "one" in the ones column. A "ten" is represented by a rod which is a strip of 10 units. The "hundred" is called a flat and looks like a square with 100 units. Finally, there's the cube which represents the "thousand."
If you want to show a child that 342 is actually three hundreds, four tens, and two ones, you would display 3 flats, 4 strips, and 2 units. Or you can ask the child to set it up for you with the Base Ten Blocks.
They are very helpful when you teach regrouping. You can visually represent the problem and ask the child to physically regroup the blocks. It helps them to "see" the concept. The Base Ten Blocks are available in either an interlocking starter set or a plastic starter set.
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Another, more compact, way to teach place value is with the Place Value Rods Activity Set. This set of hands-on manipulatives is made of brightly colored plastic "rods" that snap together horizontally or vertically.
Place Value Rods
Interlox ™ Base Ten Blocks
Hands-On Math Manipulatives