10 Manipulatives for Teaching Place Value

Place value is a hot topic this year while teaching math.  It’s one of those topics that need to be taught in order to understand a ton of math concepts and topics later on down the line.

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In a recent blog post, I talked about some activities that you can do to teach place value in your special education classroom, but what about the resources you can use? I’ve curated a list of some my top 10 manipulatives you can use in your classroom to teach place value that you can find on Amazon.

Amazon Finds for Teaching Place Value

1. Place Value Flip Chart

Use this place value flip chart to help children understand the importance of millions, thousands, hundreds, tens and ones and how to order the numbers.  It can also be flipped to help with understanding decimals using thousands, hundreds, tens, ones, tenths, hundredths and thousandths.

2. Place Value Pocket Chart

This place value pocket chart is great to use in your classrooms, especially with your elementary students.  It includes 210 brightly colored straws to group together to represent the value of the number in the ones, tens and hundreds places.  It is fun to use with your students as you go through each day of school and talk about how many days you have been in school.

3. Number Pop-It

This number pop-it represents a fun, interactive way to study and use a 100’s board.  This is a great visual representation of 2 digit numbers and how to identify the value of the digits in the ones and tens places, as well as working on ten more and ten less.

4. Number Bean Bags

Bean Bags with numbers 1 to 20 can be used to create numbers and read them aloud to understand the place value and terminology used.

5. Place Value Discs

280 pieces to help students learn counting, place value, grouping, addition and subtraction in a hands-on visual way.

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6. Place Value Unifix Cubes

These unifix cubes can be used as a visual to help build and understand numbers, including 10 of each – ones, tens, hundreds, thousands, ten thousands, hundred thousands and millions.

7. Base Ten Classroom Set

One of the most popular resources to use when working on number operations, place value, area, volume, fractions and so much more.

8. Place Value White Boards

This place value white board allows students to learn to read and write numbers from the basic early elementary math, all the way up to decimals and billions in standard form as well as expanded form.

9. Giant Magnetic Base Ten Set

These magnetic pieces are perfect for you to demonstrate base ten because they are big enough for the whole class to see.

10. Base Ten Place Value Mats

These mats are perfect to pair with counters, number tiles and base ten blocks to visually teach learners counting, number building and math solving skills in a hands-on way.

BONUS 11. Number Water Bead Sensory Toys

Don’t forget to grab your Place Value freebie here.

What are some resources that you like to use in your classroom to teach place value? Let us know in the comments below, maybe you’ll teach us how to use something new!




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