The beginning of the school year brings excitement and everything place value related, including some fun place value math centers! One of my favorite things about a new school year was creating different math centers to engage students and introduce them to my love of math! To get you started doing the same, I have compiled a list of 10 fun ideas for place value math centers. With these activities, students might even forget they’re practicing math!
10 Fun Place Value Math Centers
1.Roll a Dice Place Value Game. Let students roll a die and use the number to create a 2- or 3-digit number and its expanded form. Have them figure out what each digit represents within the place value system.
2. Place Value Puzzles. Cut up different digit cards and let students piece together numbers with the correct answers either individually or as a team. You can even find pre-made place value puzzles here!
3. Match Up Game. Create two sets of cards with either numbers or place values written on them and have students match the two up correctly for each group of cards. I love versatile place value math centers, so students can complete this individually, in partners, or groups!
4. Place Value Bingo. Make a bingo board using various place values. Give students a number and have them cover the correct place values associated on their bingo boards. For example, if the number was 324, students would look for “3 hundreds” “2 tens,” and “4 ones” on their boards.
5. Tic-Tac-Toe. Give students a card with different boxes containing place value problems and pair them with partners to play tic-tac-toe against one another. The catch is that students must correctly solve the place value problem in the box they would like to claim before marking it! You can find an assortment of similar games here!
6. Number Line Challenge. Draw a number line on the board and ask students to locate different numbers within it using place value clues. You can format this as sort of a “20 questions” game or even “guess who.” The possibilities are endless with place value math centers!
7. Place Value Quiz. Make up a timed quiz for students to work through as teams or partners at that station. Have students write down their times and choose a winner with the most correct answers in the shortest time for a little added competition!
8. Memory Match. Create pairs of cards with different numbers written on them and have students turn over two cards at a time to try to match up the corresponding place values.
9. Place Value Scavenger Hunt. Hide objects around the room that represent different place value concepts, such as coins or hundreds charts, and let students search for each item on the list.
10. Place Value Jeopardy. Divide students into teams and let them compete against each other in a game of place value Jeopardy. Give clues related to different place values and have each team answer accordingly. This is just one of the many place value math centers where you could incorporate a prize for the winning team!
I sure hope you have found some success in your search for a few great place value math centers. With a list of exciting activities, math in your classroom definitely doesn’t have to be a chore. Not only are these activities fun for students, but I truly enjoyed setting them up and taking part as well, so don’t forget that teachers are supposed to have fun in the classroom, too!
Good luck and always remember that you are doing an amazing job!