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Make Your Own Place Value Chart

This place value chart makes it easy for children to practice reading large numbers.

You can make your own from a file folder.

It shows the child to break up large numbers by reading three digits at a time. When they see a comma they should say the name of the "family"; millions or thousands. The units are a silent family, so their name is never said.

  1. Open the file folder up and turn sideways so the fold runs vertically down the middle.
  2. Fold the bottom (which was formerly the side) up to make a pocket.
  3. Measure the width of the folder and divide that number by 9.
  4. Mark where the 9 spaces should be.
  5. Staple the pocket so that each place will hold number cards. (I used one of those super long staplers so the staples would be vertical.)
  6. Cut out number cards that will fit into the pockets you made.
  7. Label your place value chart.
  8. Let children take turns filling in the chart and reading the numbers aloud.

See more of my homeschool posts to get ideas for homeschooling toddlers to teens.

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  1. Stephanie Kjensrud says:

    Thank you so much for this post. My kids are going this in school right now and this is so much better than what I came up with. I have my morning project now.

  2. Jessica B. says:

    This. is. brilliant.

    I can easily see using two folders, stapled together to helped with decimal/powers of 10 conversions. I’ve been trying to teach adults how to convert from M (10^6) to K (10^3) to base unit to m(10^-3) to micro(10^-6). I bet this would help them visualize a bit easier.

  3. We just finished up with this but I think it would be fun review and a great introduction for my other kids! Fabulous idea.

  4. How fantastic is that! You are one smart cookie! I am definitely going to make one of these.

  5. I think I saw this on Pinterest. I need to make it for sure.


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