Place value is one of the most important concepts to master in mathematics. Understanding a number’s relationship to other numbers is an imperative skill for navigating our base-ten-dependent society. When working with multidigit numbers, the ability to differentiate between face value and place value contributes to a stronger understanding of regrouping, addition and subtraction of multidigit numbers, and advanced computations.
This interview aids an educator’s ability to understand how children conceptualize place value in a friendly and welcoming learning environment. The script below follows a conversation with a student that focuses on the physical representation of a multidigit number. Through a series of questions and with the aid of manipulatives, an educator may observe how a student comprehends the value of ones, tens, hundreds, etc.
Students investigate relationships between numbers by comparing cuisenaire rods.
Many short activities provide students an opportunity to practice all five strands of math.
Students learn how to use the Soroban to build number sense and learn about place value.
Longstanding math educator Marilyn Burns demonstrates assessment in these video examples