Teaching Place Value Using Number Expanders


Are you teaching place value using number expanders soon? Then you’ve come to the right place for a handful of tips on how to teach it well, and make it enjoyable for your little learners! We have been consolidating our knowledge of Place Value in Grade 2 with 3 and 4 digit numbers (and beyond). The children showed a fantastic understanding of reading, ordering and making 3 and 4 digit numbers however when it came to renaming, we noticed they were having some difficulty.

So… I created these number expanders to allow the children to see that numbers can be made in different ways – not only using hundreds, tens and ones. They proved to be a great tool during these sessions as they practised making numbers in a variety of ways.



We then used concrete materials such as MAB or Base 10 blocks and placed them on a Place Value Mat. Students compared their findings with other students in the grade with the same number. It allowed them to physically see the ways that the same number can be made.



Here is my number expanders pack that is available in my TPT store. It includes 2, 3 and 4 digit number expanders – pre-filled and blank with a variety of different number combinations and includes a breakdown of how to use them in your classroom.

Need some Place Value Visuals?

If you are after a more permanent visual reminder for Place Value in your classroom you can put up some posters like the ones below which can be found HERE:

PLACE VALUE POSTERSplace-value-wall-display-neutralplace-value-postersplace-value-posters-neutral


Here are my PLACE VALUE MATS and they are FREE for you to use with your grade :)

You can grab them HERE:

free place value mats - Miss Jacobs Little Learners

I trust that this has been helpful for you, as you begin teaching place value using number expanders!

I always love to hear of new ideas, so if you have any, please comment below! I’d love to hear your thoughts!!


Teaching Place Value Using Number Expanders - Miss Jacobs Little Learners

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