Place value is a skill that requires continued practice. Some children even need DAILY reinforcement to understand the links between a number and the different ways that it can be represented.
These adorable Valentine’s themed number puzzles are perfect to pop in your February maths tubs! They are awesome for math centers or focused intervention for those children needing a bit of extra help with numbers to 100 too.
To prep the activity, I printed off the puzzles and cut them out.
Then I slipped them through the laminator and cut them out again. This will make them extra durable and allow me to use them again next year.
When guiding the children through using the puzzles for the first time, I started with only four puzzles that were a mix of numbers so that they wouldn’t get overwhelmed.
I allowed the children to start the puzzle with the piece that they were most confident with. Most selected the word and then matched from there.
Giving the children control at the beginning allowed them to start with confidence. (That is especially important if you are using this as an intervention activity.)
We worked through the pieces one by one, counting out the base ten blocks and then talking about how they matched to the sum.
Once the children were comfortable with the process (and I was comfortable that they could complete it with understanding), they were given the rest of the pieces to match all the puzzles as a group.
To differentiate, select only certain puzzles so that the children aren’t overwhelmed or have them work with a partner or in a group to assist.
To extend, have the children place the puzzles in correct counting order once the puzzles are put together.
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