Our place value dice activity is an absolutely brilliant hack for teaching place value! It will completely change how you teach big numbers to your kids!
Genius Pinterest Place Value Dice Activity Hack
This fun place value dice activity is one of the most effective teaching hacks I have ever used! It is perfect for building place value understandings and improving your students’ ability to recognise, read, and say BIG numbers!
Place value dice games are so much fun and perfect for math rotations and practice centers. Your kids will be reading 5, 6, 7 digit numbers in no time!
Scroll to the end of the post to download and print your own place value dice template and instructions. Make sure you visit our other fun & free resources on our teaching numeracy page!
What The Research Says…
We love the work of Jo Boaler who talks about using colour coding to help students learn maths and thought this was a perfect opportunity to make this dice shaker really educational!
Her research shows the importance of being able to visualise a concept and how it increases mathematical understanding. You should take a look at this awesome website to find out more.
So we took Boaler’s research and applied it to this place value activity. The nifty colour coding trick was a great way to help our kids visualise and connect numerals to number names and place value in this math dice game.
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Place Value Dice Activity Instructions
Our Place ValueDice Activity is such an easy thing to prep and a great activity that can be used in so many different ways. Use it in independent work, in your math rotations, or as part of a warm up.
Your kids will think it’s Great FUN and when you combine it with coloured markers and highlighters they’ll be begging you to play the game everyday!
Once you have made your shakers you can also use them as number generators or with maths think board templates. We have created a nifty little free teacher worksheets with instructions and explanation of how to use it in your math class. Please scroll to the bottom of the post to get your free printable!
Step 1: Collect your pill boxes and decide how you are going to colour code your dice shaker. We decided to match the colour coding on the shaker to the colour of our dice.
Step 2: Create colour coded covers for the inside and outside of the lid of your box, remember to group in 3’s and attach to the box. We decided not to write anything on these areas, so that it would give the students an opportunity to ‘have-a-go’ first at identifying the place value of the numbers generated, un-scaffolded.
Step 3: Write the place value information onto each piece of paper. You will need to write the name of each ‘family name’ e.g. Millions, Thousands, Ones on the front of the box labels. And on the inside area write the ‘value’ of each section. e.g. Hundreds, Tens, Ones. You can also adapt it for decimals if you want, or use 2 boxes for bigger numbers.
Step 4: Model to your students how to read numbers in groups of 3 using the colours to help. Make sure you bring their attention to the differences between writing numbers in words and how we say the same number.
Step 5: Students practice in maths rotations with our FREE Place Value Folder! Click image to get instructions for this neat idea.
Place Value Dice Resources
- Place Value Dice Instructions
- Saying Big Numbers Posters
- Place Value Think Boards
- Place Value Game
- Place Value Folder
Let us know how you use this great little dice hack in the comments! We’d love to know how you use it!