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Activities, videos, stories and songs to help Grade 2 students learn about place values.

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Place Value Activities

Learning place value for Grade 2 students should focus on the development of an understanding of base-ten groupings and a knowledge of how these groupings are recorded. Students should notice that it is easier to count when the numbers are grouped.

Counting Coins Activity

This activity uses a hundred chart to help students count coins.
For example, given 3 dimes and 1 nickel, students would place dimes on 10, 20, 30 and the nickel on 35. The placement of the last coin tells students how much money they have altogether.

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Place Value and Digits
What are digits?
This video illustrates Place Value and Money. What are place values?
Ones, Tens, Hundreds
Expanded Form

Using Counters

Explain and show with counters the meaning of each digit for a given 2-digit numeral with both digits the same.
For example for the numeral 33, the first digit represents three tens (thirty counters) and the second digit represents three ones (three counters).

Understanding Tens and Ones
This video explains the concept of tens and ones. This video helps to develop the beginning foundation for place value standard using base ten rods.
Count the number of objects in a given set, using groups of 10s and 1s, and record the result as a 2 digit numeral under the headings Tens and Ones.
Grade 2 Place Value Models
How to represent a three digit number using place value blocks?

Place Value Songs and Videos

Place value math song: ones, tens, hundreds
Students can sing along with the ones, tens, hundreds song.
This video should help learners memorize the three units places.
You can pause the video to count the base ten blocks. Place Value Song
Ones tens hundreds,
That’s what we all can say,
Ones tens hundreds,
Let’s say it every day,
And then write a comma,
Don’t ask your momma,
To help you write your comma…
Before the thousands place!

Place Value Song For Kids
Ones, Tens, and Hundreds
1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade
Picking pears, I got 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9;
that’s all that fit inside the ones place value line.
So I picked another pear and made a group of ten.
They fit into a bag perfectly even.
20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90:
I had to keep picking pears - a hunger I had to feed -
so I picked another ten and that led
to one group of one hundred.
(A pear bonked me on the head and I said...)
Ten ones make ten.
Ten groups of ten are one hundred.
Ten hundreds make one thousand;
the pattern never ends.
Math song (place value to the thousands) Place Value Song
One, Tens, Hundreds, Thousands, Ten Thousands, Hundred Thousands, 1 million, 10 million, 100 million, 1 billion

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