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1st Grade Place Value Activity

Have you taught Place Value to your students?

Do they know about the ones place and the tens place, and about the value of each digit in a number? Can they make a number with "these many ones and these many tens"? Can they represent a number with cubes and rods of the Base Ten Blocks? Great!

Then you are ready for this next activity that I learned with Sherry Parrish, author of Number Talks. Sherry visited our school a few years ago, and worked with a few of our 1st Grade students.

Sherry Parrish, Place Value Number Talks with 1st grade students

The activity she did with our students, and that I am about to teach you, helped me guide my students into a deeper understanding of what numbers really mean.


Here's the activity, step-by-step:


1. Sherry wrote the number 16 on a white board and put ones cubes next to it. She asked a student to help her represent a number using cubes.

1st Grade Place Value Activity using base ten blocks with first graders.

2. She underlined the digit 6 and asked the student to show her "this many cubes" as she pointed to the 6.

1st Grade Place Value Activity using base ten blocks with first graders.

As your students probably will, my students dragged 6 cubes to represent the 6.

1st Grade Place Value Activity using base ten blocks with first graders.

3. Next, Sherry underlined digit 1 and asked the student to show her "these many cubes".

1st Grade Place Value Activity using base ten blocks with first graders.

I'll pause here and let you take in this moment.

This was the moment I knew my students would do exactly what they did, and my heart sank. 

I knew that all the talking about ones and tens, and place value, and blah, blah, would just not stand this test. 

And it didn't...

When faced with this question WITHOUT the language they were trained to recognize, "digit one" became "number 1".

1st Grade Place Value Activity using base ten blocks with first graders.

4. To guide students to self-correct, Sherry put it in perspective for them.


Some kids giggled and were able to go back and fix their mistakes. 

1st Grade Place Value Activity using base ten blocks with first graders.

But many, MANY kids had no idea of what had gone wrong.

This was a big eye-opening moment for me, and it led me to become very intentional about how I teach Place Value.

I hope you'll feel compelled to try this activity with your class. If you do, here are some takeaways I started implementing right away.

Takeaways:

1. Deliberately explain that digits are symbols, and numbers represent amounts.

Help your students make the distinction between the "digit one" and the "number 1". The number 1 always represents one object. The digit one will represent different amounts depending on the place it takes in a number.

2. Add this activity to your Calendar Math, RTI, Morning Meeting, or Small Group lessons. 

3. Revisit the activity throughout the year using different numbers, and reteach the students who still seem confused. 

 

***  Here is another Number activity! ***

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1st Grade Place Value Practice Worksheets
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2nd Grade Place Value Practice Worksheets
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2nd Grade Math Homework or Morning Work and Spiral Review for second graders
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3rd Grade Math Homework or Morning Work and Spiral Review for third graders
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Conjunction Lesson Ideas, Anchor Charts, and Activities!

Hi, and welcome! I'm glad you stopped by to get my conjunction lesson ideas! 
 
When I teach Conjunctions to my students, I use Anchor Charts, Children's Books, hands on activities for guided practice, and lots of resources for independent work! I like to have a mix of books in which students can see conjunctions being used authentically, and practice worksheets crafted to direct students' focus to the skill I want them to master. I'll go over all of this with you.

Here's an overview of my Conjunction Lessons and ideas for activities you can do with your students.

Conjunction Anchor Charts

This is where I write all the information my students will need to know. I prepare all the charts ahead of time.

I know it's a big time investment upfront, but you will thank yourself later for having all the prep out of the way!

Conjunctions Anchor Chart


Conjunctions Anchor Chart


Conjunctions Anchor Chart


Conjunctions Anchor Chart


My mini-lessons start with a connection between something my students are already familiar with and new information that's on the chart.

I might say, "You already know about words that name things, and words that describe things. Today, you are going to learn about words that help connect pieces of information to each other. Those words are called conjunctions."

I'd introduce the conjunction "and" with my first anchor chart.

Conjunctions Anchor Chart


"Cats meow and what else? They climb trees." "The conjunction "and" is helping us understand that there's more information about what cats do. It's connecting the two things that cats do."

"She made a cake and what else? She put frosting on it." "The conjunction "and" is helping us understand that she did more than just make a cake. There's more information about what she did, and "and" connects both things that she did."

Something to consider about anchor charts: 
Because all the information for the lesson is already on this chart, it can be distracting to students. I usually cover up the parts I don't want to show by folding (without creasing) the bottom of the chart up, and holding it with paper clips on both sides.

Books

I think it's important that students see what we're teaching "in isolation", in literature, in "real life". So prepare a few books ahead of time to use with your lessons. 

First, look for examples.

Conjunctions in literature


Then, bookmark the pages with mini Post-Its.

Conjunctions in literature


Conjunction Hands-on Activities

For the guided practice and active engagement parts of my Conjunctions mini-lesson, I like to do hands-on activities. Here are just a few things you can do:

1. Choose the Conjunction
In this activity, students read incomplete sentences and decide what conjunction best completes the sentence. This activity only works once students have learned at least 2 conjunctions. 

You can keep it simple, like this one, or you can mix more conjunction choices.

Conjunctions Anchor Chart

If you want to reuse your charts next year, write the conjunctions on Post-Its and have students use those instead of writing the answers in.

2. Sentence Match (Guided)
Think of a few sentences that use conjunctions. Write the first part of those sentences, up to the conjunctions, on the board. Write the second part of the sentence on sentence strips. 

Students read the first sentence on the board and decide which sentence strip best completes it. Place the sentence strips on the board using tape or magnets.

3. Sentence Match Game (Independent)
This is a modification of the guided version. Simply write both parts of the sentence on strips of paper and have students mix and match until they all make sense. I have this activity as a Literacy Center game. 

You can see a video of this activity in this blog post.

4. Other
Here's another sentence strip activity I did a few times in my classroom. The picture is self-explanatory.


Independent Practice for Conjunctions

For independent practice, I use a variety of practice sheets and games. 

My students love these because they can practice the same skill in different ways. 

I love them because I can differentiate. I can choose what level of difficulty my students are ready for, and I can pick faster activities or ones that require more time depending on our schedule.

To give you an example of what I use, this is a set of worksheets for "and/but".

This first sheet is easy and quick to complete. All the students do is read the sentences and write in the correct conjunction.

Conjunctions Practice Activities
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This one is a cut and paste. It's very similar to the first, but it takes longer to complete, and targets motor and organizational skills.

Conjunctions Practice Activities


Here you have another way to practice using the conjunctions "and/but", but now students have to come up with their own ideas to complete the sentences.

Conjunctions Practice Activities

This multiple-choice sheet gives you a quick assessment of how well your students can use the different conjunctions you taught during your unit!

Conjunctions Practice Activities

There you have it!

You can find this Conjunction Packet and other Parts of Speech packets in my TpT store. All packets include worksheets and games for your Literacy Centers. 

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1st Grade Parts of Speech Resources


Noun Activities
1st Grade Nouns

1st Grade Pronoun Activities
1st Grade Pronouns

1st Grade Verb Activities
1st Grade Verbs

1st Grade Conjunction Activities
1st Grade Conjunctions

1st Grade Determiner Activities
Bonus packet included in the Bundle!

1st Grade Preposition Activities
1st Grade Prepositions

2nd Grade Parts of Speech Resources

2nd Grade Noun Activities
2nd Grade Nouns

2nd Grade Verb Activities
2nd Grade Verbs

2nd Grade Pronoun Activities
2nd Grade Pronouns

2nd Grade Adjectives and Adverbs Activities
2nd Grade Adjectives and Adverbs


Language Arts Spiral Review/Homework

1st Grade Language Arts Spiral Review and Homework
1st Grade ELA Spiral Review/Homework

2nd Grade Language Arts Spiral Review and Homework
2nd Grade ELA Spiral Review/Homework

Kindergarten Grade Language Arts Spiral Review and Homework
Kindergarten ELA Spiral Review/Homework

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Digital Word Work Activities - CVC, CVCC, and CCVC Words with Short Vowel Sounds

Hi! Many of you have been looking for Digital Word Work activities for Distance Learning, so I added some great resources to my store.
My packets include short reading passages with CVC, CVCC, and CCVC words, and a variety of practice activities with moving pieces for your students!

Digital Word Work Activities - CVC, CVCC, and CCVC Words with Short Vowel Sounds

There are 5 packets available, one for each vowel sound. I haven't seen anything like this out there. This resource is pretty unique!

Digital Word Work Activities - CVC, CVCC, and CCVC Words with Short Vowel Sounds

I put a lot into this packet. 
There is SO MUCH included here!

Digital Word Work Activities - CVC, CVCC, and CCVC Words with Short Vowel Sounds

Here is what's assigned for each day of the week:

Digital Word Work Activities - CVC, CVCC, and CCVC Words with Short Vowel Sounds

You can see the activities in action in this video:


This is what's planned for Day 2:

Digital Word Work Activities - CVC, CVCC, and CCVC Words with Short Vowel Sounds

   You can see the activities in action in this video:


The practice continues on Day 3:

Digital Word Work Activities - CVC, CVCC, and CCVC Words with Short Vowel Sounds

Another video to show you how the pieces move:


Here are the activities for Day 4:

Digital Word Work Activities - CVC, CVCC, and CCVC Words with Short Vowel Sounds

Watch how the pieces move in this video:


This is the last day of activities:

Digital Word Work Activities - CVC, CVCC, and CCVC Words with Short Vowel Sounds

                            And the last video!



If you are not sure how to assign the resource, here is a brief explanation. 



Thank you for browsing this resource! You can see a detailed preview for each vowel, and purchase the packets right here.