Teaching expanded form during your place value unit can be no easy task. One of my students favorite activities to reinforce this skill all year is Place Value Cups. This simple game is easy to prep and will keep your kids super engaged.
To make them you will need a cup for each value your class is representing. I have several sets made up for 2, 3, and 4 digit numbers. For example, in Texas we teach place value up to 1,200 so I need 4 foam cups. One for the thousands, hundreds, tens, and ones place. You’ll also need 4 different colored permanent markers (regular markers will smear).
Make sure you position the opening of the cups in your left hand so you read the numbers from left to right.
On the first cup (example in picture is starting with the thousands place) write the numbers 0-9 along the rim of the cup. Since we don’t go past 1,200 I just wrote ones all the way around the cup and started with 0-9 on the second cup.
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