Second Grade Numbers and Place Value

Friday, December 13, 2019

It’s finally here! My Math worksheet series has finally hit second grade. And what better way to kick it off than with place value. 

Place value in second grade has students further exploring how the position of a digit in a number determines its value. Students begin looking at hundreds, tens and ones while continuing to develop their number sense skills.

To effectively grasp 3 digit place value, students should be exposed to a wide variety of activities allowing them to ‘play’ with numbers. Students should have opportunities to compare numbers, order them, compose them, decompose them, expand them and so on.

I designed this packet of activities to help your students explore 3 digit numbers and become number champions. I can’t wait to share the activities with you!! 

The Activities

There are over 70 different activities included with many of them being interactive. Plus, I have included some differentiation options too, so if you still have students working on tens and ones, there's a bunch of activities for them too.

Here is a list of EVERYTHING this packet covers:

♥ Number of the Day
♥ What Comes Before and After?
♥ Before and After (2 digit & 3 digit)
♥ What’s In Between?
♥ What Comes Before, Between and After?
♥ Roll and Count On (2 digit & 3 digit)
♥ Number Mix-Up (2 digit & 3 digit)
♥ Order the Numbers
♥ Find 10 Less and 10 More
♥ 10 Less, 10 More
♥ 100 More
♥ 100 Less, 100 More
♥ Llama Write Less & More
♥ A-Maze-ing Skip Counting (by 5’s and 2’s)
♥ Hopping by 5’s (2 digit & 3 digit)
♥ Count by 2’s
♥ Skip Count to 1000
♥ Count by 100’s
♥ Count on by 10’s (2 digit & 3 digit)
♥ Number Patterns
♥ What’s the Rule?
♥ Which is Greater? (2 digit & 3 digit)
♥ Compare and Color
♥ True or False
♥ Comparing Numbers (2 digit & 3 digit)
♥ Greater Than and Less Than
♥ Roll a Bigger Number
♥ Spin a Number (2 digit & 3 digit)
♥ Pick and Compare
♥ Tens and Ones
♥ Count the Hundreds
♥ Counting the Blocks
♥ Hundreds, Tens and Ones
♥ MAB Counting
♥ Scoop to 100
♥ Scoop to 1000
♥ Secret Number (2 digit & 3 digit)
♥ Odd and Even Ocean
♥ Split a Number (2 digit & 3 digit)
♥ Place Value Monsters
♥ Apple Place Value
♥ Place Value Digits
♥ Sort by Hundreds
♥ Color by Value
♥ Pencil Place Value
♥ Place Value Match
♥ Expanded Numbers
♥ Write the Number
♥ Place Value
♥ Change to Standard Form
♥ Roll, Make, Write (2 digit & 3 digit)
♥ Mystery Number (2 digit & 3 digit)
♥ Write the Numbers

Place Value Experiences

There are a number of different place value experiences that students should have as well as concepts they should learn to help them gain a holistic understanding of place value. 

1. Exploring Numbers with Manipulatives

For students to be able to visualize the quantity of a number, it's important that they are given opportunities to 'handle' numbers in their real life form. Base ten blocks are absolutely the best way to do this. I'm going to go even further and say that when an activity doesn't specifically call for blocks to be used, that students should still have an opportunity to handle them, to recreate the numbers shown and see what they look like in real life. They've got to hold it in their hands before they can see it in their heads. At least at first anyway :)

2. The Position of Numbers

The position of a number determines the value of that number and it's important that students are given many opportunities to explore and learn about these values. The 3 in the tens place is worth far less than the 1 in the hundred's place. For students to learn this, they should be looking at numbers, picking them apart and engaging in experiences which encourage them to use language such as "this number has 3 hundreds" or "there is a 3 in the hundred's place." 

3. Exploring Numbers

Getting students to pull numbers apart and put them together again can help them to better  understand place value. There are so many different fun and interactive ways to do this without having students complete a boring decomposing numbers worksheet.

4. Comparing Numbers

When students compare numbers, they can begin to picture where numbers stand in relation to each other. It improves their number sense skills and as they complete activities like these more often, they become adept at instinctively knowing and understanding the order and value of numbers. 

Place value is the basis of so many other Math learning areas so it is imperative that students are able to master it early on and I hope this packet helps you in your classroom. I'll be working on more Math packets for second grade, so check back soon!

If you'd like to purchase this place value packet or find out more details, you can grab it here or click on the link below.

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