Need a fun and engaging math activity that helps your students practice place value? This 2 Truths and a Lie Place Value Activity is perfect for that important first math concept teachers address in every grade level!
Place value is the cornerstone skill learners need to master before they can truly understand math. That’s why it’s usually the first math concept taught in every grade level. If our students don’t have place value understanding as they learn new math concepts – they will struggle to grasp them. Not only that – they carry that deficit into the next grade level.
If you want a great place value practice game that works in any grade level – you need to read this post! The Place Value Game is low-prep but highly effective!
Giving students fun activities that help them develop place value understanding is so easy with this 2 Truths and a Lie Place Value activity! It works as an independent activity, small groups, and math center easily!
There are 5 different ways students will practice place value:
- Base Ten Blocks
- Expanded Form
- Underlined Digit Value
- Short Word Form
- The Largest Number
How the 2 Truths and a Lie Place Value Activity Works
In each practice skill set there are 3 sets of place value examples. In each set, two are the truth (correct) and one is a lie (incorrect). Students use error analysis to determine which two are truth and which one is a lie.
If you want to use this activity in a math center and save paper – print them out and laminate each piece. Then they can be used over and over!
Base Ten Blocks
This set uses base ten blocks in hundreds, tens, and ones to represent 3 and 4 digit numbers. Students will have to calculate the base ten blocks to determine if that example is a truth or a lie. This is a concrete way for them to count the pieces and understand the value of each number.
I love having students practice place value using expanded form. Having to break down 3 and 4 digit numbers into their individual place values really helps learners “see” the value of the number.
Underlined Digit Value
Knowing the difference between the number digits and the value of that digit is essential to understanding place value. This activity helps students really differentiate those two concepts.
Short Word Form
Learning how to write numbers in word form is a skill that is usually taught along with expanded form. Giving students new understanding by looking at numbers in a different way can help them grasp that digits have values and where they are located in a number makes that value something different.
The Largest Number
Comparing two 4 digit numbers that are comprised of the same or mostly the same digits to determine which is the larger number gives students the opportunity to organize numbers from largest to smallest using place value. This one can be a little tricky – but it is great practice for students!
Kids LOVE activities that give them a different way to practice math skills and 2 Truths and a Lie does that with each skill set. It’s a fun partner activity too! It gives them an opportunity to verbalize their math thinking – and that can never be a bad thing!
It’s in a Digital Format too!
Yes, you can have this engaging activity in a digital format too! This Paperless, NO PREP, and easy to assign activity is a teacher’s dream come true. Just assign it in your Google Classroom and it’s ready to go!
Looking for more Place Value activities?
- Place Value Math Centers: Give your students hands-on practice with this set of 5 place value centers! This resource is perfect for use throughout your place value unit!
- Place Value Error Analysis Task Cards: Challenge your students with error analysis! This set of task cards requires students to solve error analysis situations and write to explain their findings and thinking.
- Place Value Jeopardy: This fun whole class game is the perfect way to start your Place Value Unit or as a culminating activity!
If you want to learn more about teaching place value – these posts can help!
- The Reason Why Using Hands-On Place Value Strategies is Still Important in 3rd Grade
- A Place Value Game Your Students Will Beg You to Play!
- 5 Hands-On Ways to Explore Place Value in Math Centers
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