Thursday, September 26, 2013

September Swap and Share from Christy at Teaching Along the Yellow Brick Road- Place Value Centers

Happy Thursday, Everyone!

I am so HAPPY to be sharing a product from my friend Christy at Teaching Tales Along the Yellow Brick Road! This "Swap and Share" was such a FABULOUS idea!

After looking through her store and seeing TONS of products I wanted to try, I settled on her "Differentiated 4th Grade Common Core Aligned Place Value Centers." 

I decided that these would be perfect for my students to review the unit I had just finished...and they loved them! I LOVE that they are differentiated so that I can meet the needs of all of my students.

We started with her "I Have...Who Has?" Game. Because my students had never played a game like this before, I chose to do this whole group. So, I had all of my students form a circle and I passed out the cards (I laminated all of them for durability and so we could show our thinking on them). Each student received 2 or 3 cards and then we started the game. I had the child with the "start" card begin and then we got rolling.

Each student had to listen really carefully to see if their card was called. If their card was called, they came up to my table and put their card under the document camera so that we could project it onto the board. Then, as a class, we figured out the answer. This allowed for wonderful discussion (I was able to see who was still confused and who had a solid grasp on this skill).

All the students had to be on their toes as they waited to see if they had the next card. And, it was so sweet to see the kids helping each other. Some of my struggling students were hesitant at first because they weren't sure if they had the card we were waiting for. But, I encouraged the kids to help the person next to them and work together. So, when they realized it was their turn to come up, they were so excited and PROUD. I love that this game involves everyone and enables all the kids to be successful!  :)

We all know that our students each have their own strengths and struggles, and I love that these centers were differentiated to accommodate their needs. My students were so thrilled to play the "Build a Bigger Number or Build a Smaller Number" Game. For this game, the students have to roll dice to build numbers. Then, they have to use their knowledge of place value to compare the numbers. My students love a little competition so this was great to review these skills.

But what I loved was that the game boards were differentiated to meet the abilities of my students. My students that have a solid grasp on place value were given the boards with 6 digit numbers, and my students who were still struggling with number sense were given the boards with 4 digit numbers. The students all knew they were playing the same game, but it was tailored to meet their needs.

Christy also has other games included in this product that are wonderful. The Place Value Race Board Game is so much fun! It is a great review of all place value products. (And all the kids LOVE board games!)

Next week, I am going to review with her Place Value Sorting Mats, and I am going to have students sort the standard, expanded, and written form of numbers. These are skills that must be reviewed all year long, so I am so excited to have a fun way to this with my students.

This product truly is a must have for 4th grade math teachers because it is aligned to the Common Core Standards, and it is meaningful and engaging for students! These centers are going to be a part of my Math Workshop all year!!! They are Perfect for reviewing these important number sense skills.

Please Please Please check out the rest of her AMAZING products! I am already adding some to my Wish List!  :)    
Thank you for letting me share with you!
-Stacia  :)

PS- Be sure to check out all of the other amazing products that are linked below!  You'll find even more you have to have!


  1. Awww, Stacia, your too sweet! Seriously! I'm so glad that your students enjoyed the centers (and that you did too!) Even with the whack-a-doodle week, that was had by my kids and I, they did get A LOT from your pronoun packet. I hope that was reflected well in my review!

    Teaching Tales Along the Yellow Brick Road

  2. I have not played an I have, Who has game yet either - thanks for sharing how it went for your class. I will have to try this out!


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