Sunday, March 4, 2012

Constructing Numbers . . . An Independent Place Value Freebie!

I've been CONSTRUCTING a Freebie For YOU!

Border By: From the Pond

Michigan is under a blanket of snow! Something like a foot and a half of the fluffy stuff has been dumped on our area.

Check out my driveway!

Our banks are almost as tall as our poor little out building!

  So there's not much you can do except shovel or make new activities to get those little math minds at school moving and grooving.

I don't know about you, but my kinder honeys love anything that involves props.  So for this activity I place the playing cards in a dump truck and the players can wear little hard hats (you can get them at your local Dollar Tree).  It makes the activity more fun, appealling and meaningful to them. 

Remember, you can differentiate in response to a students' readiness, learning profile OR interest.  This little activity will allow you to show your administrator how you are hitting all three of these.  It appeals to your students who are interested in building and math, it recognizes the learning profiles of your spatial and kinesthetic learners and can be easily tiered to meet the readiness of your various students where they are now.

It is an independent, self-correcting place value activity. 
By using a paperclip or clothes pin to fold over the end of the card, your students can place the card on their construction board, Build the numbers with their 10s and 1s manipulatives, then open the card to see if they are correct.

I also play this as a game.  A student pulls a card and then pairs up with another student(s) to see who can make the number first.  If they get it right, they keep the card.  The one with the most cards at the end, is the TOP BUILDER!

If you'd like to have a  FREE copy of this activity for numbers 1-30, please feel free to click on the picture above or HERE.  

If you learners need numbers greater than 30, you can find a complete set of numbers 1-100 HERE to help you tier this activity further.

Ok, so I guess it's time to get back to my shovel!


  1. These are great!! Thanks for sharing! I'm in Michigan too, but I'm southeast we didn't get that much, about 4 inches!! We lived near Traverse City for 5 years and always got lots of snow!!
    The Resource(ful) Room

    1. Thanks Pamela! I'm definately stopping by your blog.

  2. I really love this construction mat you made. I am your newest follower and new blogger myself. Stop by if you get a chance at


  3. Hi Marsha,

    I just gave you an award...come by and check it out!

  4. This is a great activity. Thanks to the Kindergarten Lifestyle I am now your newest follower.
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  5. This is wonderful. I love the thoughtfulness and purpose.

  6. Consider me a FAN!

    Kimberly McGuire Best :)

  7. Marsha,

    Love this self-checking base 10 blocks!!! We just started a unit on construction and base 10 blocks are great for number sense.


    Charlotte's Clips and Kindergarten Kids

  8. I'm from Michigan as well :) "let it snow"
    I'm gonna try it the tens and ones constructing number activity in my 1st grade classroom. I'm thinking about buying the yellow hats for the kids to use at this center.

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