One of the key concepts that children need to understand to progress in maths is the value assigned to numbers when there are 2 or more digits in them e.g. 423 – the 4 is 400, 2 is 20 and 3 is 3. This is called place value and some children just get it whilst others it takes a while to understand and work through different methods to understand it. Today I’m sharing a DIY apple themed idea that you can print for your children and then create a little apple place value booklet that they can use again and again to re-enforce the concept and combine with some of the suggested resources to make sure that they clearly understand what is meant by place value.
Place Value Terminology
When I did maths at school we learnt place value through using the terms – hundreds, tens, and units – on thing that my children have come home with is that instead of using the term units as the single digit in the place value they now use ones instead – check with your child’s teacher, curriculum or textbooks to find out the terminology that your child will be using.
How to Make your Apple Place Value Booklet
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- Print out the 2 pages of your Apple Place Value Booklet and cut out the 2 complete apples and the apple halves.
- Along the dashed lines of one of the apple halves cut
- So that it can be reused time and time again laminate each piece so that you produce a mini whiteboard book
- Compile the booklet with a full apple at the base – the two halves of the inside of the apple, the inside of the apple and the complete apple on the top.
- Staple together in this order
- Apple halves on the outside edge of each half so that you can fold them out
- All 3 full apples on the left-hand leaf so you can fold it open upwards
- Your booklet is now complete
How to use your Apple Place Value Booklet
As I am only using the Place Value Booklet with my daughter currently I haven’t named it for her just added in permanent marker to the front Place Value practice. If you are using with more than 1 child then may be useful to label depending on your child.
On your first inside apple write the number that you want the child to work out e.g. 28
You could use some place value resources to help them understand what the different digits mean e.g. 2 = 20 and 8 = 8 (see the end of this activity for some resources we recommend).
Fold over the inside apple and on each half write the partitioned two digit number e.g. 20 on one-half and 8 on the other half.
Flip these out and then write the number combined again e.g. 28 as another target it to be able to write all of the numbers to 100 we also write the numbers as a word
Recommended Resources for Place Value Learning
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It’s a good idea to use different methods to explain place value this book called Place Value by David A Adler is a funny look at what happens when the place value is wrong as the 4 little monkeys try and bake a Banana Cake.
Used in my children’s classroom and really sturdy this Base Ten set is great for using alongside place value learning as well as when you and your child start to add and subtract 2 digit+ numbers.
This place value flip stand is useful for working from verbal to a real number and understanding the place value in the number.
Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.