I love math centers. Adding place value into it and you have some amazing place value centers. The centers below are some of my absolute favorite place value centers and I use them throughout the entire year.
I honestly would love to get away from the computers BUT our world has shifted to a very computer based world (thanks in part to COVID). One center that I have used continuously with my students is Google Slides. I really love being able to see their work on the computer and then I can quickly grade it and send it back. It has definitely been helpful for me and it allows the students to practice the skill on the computer. You can always print these out as task cards and have the students practice the skill as well and then you have 2 place value centers in one!
In the beginning of the year, these math spinners seemed a little lame. I know…kind of sad. My kids really didn’t seem to care for them which I get. Once they started to work with each other and understand there is nothing to be embarrassed about they enjoyed the game immensely! All you need are the pages printed, a paper clip, and a pencil. Place the paper clip in the center of the spinner. Then hold the paper clip in place with the pencil. Flick the paper clip. Wherever the paper clip lands is the math problem that they need to complete. Simple but effective.
Do you remember when you were a kid and you would compete against your friends with cards? You had to have the largest number of you and your friend in order to win? That game (down here in the South) was called War. I loved that game so much that I ended up making a deck of cards and put on them numbers in expanded form, standard form, and word form. Then I gave the cards to my students and made them play war. They had to compare the numbers to see who had the larger number and would get the cards. Practicing place value forms while low key competing sounds like a win for place value centers to me!
Notebook Sorts may be one of my absolute favorite math centers. Why? I love that I can use these as independent work for the students. You don’t need them bundled up with a partner to work. You are able to print these sorts off and then go! The kids like the hands on part of it and I enjoy that they aren’t arguing over the game.
I LOVE Google Forms. The amount of grading that has been reduced thanks to Google Forms is truly amazing. If you want to REALLY see my love for it- check out this blog post. I love that I can assign these to the students, have them graded, and then I can reteach the skill based on what they got wrong. Sounds simple, right? That’s because it is! Really- it is that easy!! This can be a center, an exit ticket, or whatever you want it to be!