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Place Value

There are 366 different Starters of The Day, many to choose from. You will find in the left column below some starters on the topic of Place Value. In the right column below are links to related online activities, videos and teacher resources.

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Place Value Starters:

All for 100: Can you write an expression for 100 which uses all the digits 1 to 9?

Big Order: Estimate or calculate then put the large numbers in order of size.

Broken Calculator: Use only the 1, 5 and 0 keys on a calculator to make given totals.

Figuratively Speaking: Write the numbers written as words using digits.

How Do You Do?: A little lateral thinking will help you solve this number puzzle.

Know Your Place: Without a calculator perform some calculations requiring a knowledge of place value.

Largest Product: Arrange the numbers to produce the largest product.

Mystic Maths: Work out why subtracting a two digit number from its reverse gives a multiple of nine.

Nine Digit Sum: Arrange the digits one to nine to make a correct addition calculation.

Numbers in words: Write out in words some numbers writen as digits (optional pirate theme)

One Digit 100: How many ways can you write an expression for 100 which only uses the same digit repeated and any operations?

Quick: Develop a quick way of multiplying by 1001.

Render Digitful: Find a calculation for the current year which uses all of the digits 1 to 9.

Shadow Sums: Make sums from the three digit numbers given.

Siam Symbols: Can you work out what each of the strange symbols represents?

Writing Cheques: Complete some imaginary cheques, the amount needs to be written in words.

Wrong Way Round: Find calculations which written back to front give the same answer.

Advanced Place Value Starters


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Positional notation or place-value notation is a method of representing or encoding numbers. Positional notation is distinguished from other notations (such as Roman numerals) for its use of the same symbol for the different orders of magnitude (for example, the "ones place", "tens place", "hundreds place"). This greatly simplified arithmetic and led to the quick spread of the notation across the world.

Place Value Teacher Resources:

Countdown: How close can you get to the target by making a calculation out of the five numbers given?

Decimals Line: A number line showing tenths and hundredths with draggable arrows. This is a visual aid designed to be projected onto a whiteboard for whole class exposition

Greater Than: The teacher has a set of six cards numbered 1 to 6. They are placed face down on the teachers desk so that the teacher can pick up one at random which students then have to fit onto a grid.

Online Psychic: Let the psychic read the cards and reveal which number you have chosen.

Place Value Chart: This is a visual aid designed to be projected onto a whiteboard for whole class exposition about place value.

Place Value Activities:

Centexpression: Arrange the numbers from 1 to 9 to make an expression with a value of 100.

Great Expectation: An interactive online activity requiring logical thinking and a certain amount of luck to place the digits on the correct side of the inequality sign.

Know Your Place: Without a calculator perform some calculations requiring a knowledge of place value.

Largest Product: A drag and drop activity challenging you to arrange the digits to produce the largest possible product.

Numbers in Words: Find the five lettered mathematical words by matching numbers with their equivalent in words.

One Digit Only: Find expressions using only one digit which equal the given targets.

One Minute Maths: A challenge to mentally add numbers together without making the classic place value mistakes.

Online Psychic: Let the psychic read the cards and reveal which number you have chosen.

Place Value: Do this online exercise to show you understand place value for decimals and integers of any size.

Quick: Can you multiply a number by 1001 in your head? This exercise provides practice in this and other similar challenges.

Rounding SF: A self marking exercise requiring students to round numbers to a given number of significant figures.

Words in Digits: Write the numbers given in words as digits and vice versa.

Place Value Videos:

Place Value Introduction: We write numbers using only ten symbols (called Digits). Where we place them is important.

Place Value with Decimals: A Khan Academy video explaining place value.

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