Cracking the Place Value Code

byKishayla Payne-Miller

This unit teaches addition and subtraction using the concepts of place value, with an intended audience of second-grade students. This unit could also be used with talented first-grade students that need additional challenges as well as with third-grade students who are still struggling with solving addition and subtraction problems. This unit emphasizes three main teaching strategies: conceptual, pictorial, and symbolic, modeled after the Singapore approach to mathematics. This unit emphasizes four steps, leading towards addition and subtraction of general two-digit numbers. These steps stress place value concepts and the understanding of a number according to its base-ten expansion. Within this unit, mathematical techniques are shared that will reach a wide variety of types of learners. The steps and strategies here crack the "place value code" allowing students to add and subtract with a deep understanding of the concepts involved.

(Recommended for Mathematics, grades 1-3)

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