Place value doesn’t have to be boring. Understanding that tens and hundreds can be thought of as ‘bundles’ in base ten, that digits represent the amounts of hundreds, tens and ones, and that those digits are a simplified way of writing the expanded form of numbers does sound quite dry! And yet many of us have to begin the year by reviewing place value – after all it is the bedrock of the number system.
My advice is to bring some color and fun to the party with a craft. These Expanding Monsters are a fun way for your students to explore place value and review what they know. Plus they make a great bulletin board for the beginning of the school year.
Begin by choosing a template that suits the needs of your students. The worksheets are differentiated for 2,3 and 4 digit numbers. Being able to differentiate so that everyone can complete the craft makes this activity a favorite amongst teachers! Choose your favorite monster head (there are three to choose from so that your monsters can be as unique as your students. Not that I am saying they are monsters. Ahem).
Add as many eyes, eyeballs and mouths as you want. There are even antennae for those out of this world monsters.
Then all you need to do is glue the head, hands and feet to the writing template. How cute is this not so scary monster? Or is he an alien? Whatever, put him up at the beginning of the school year for Open House and he will see you through Halloween!
This craft is available from my TpT store. I hope it is something that can re-energize your teaching of place value!
Look how cute they all are!