Place Value Chart Printable Activities: 1-100 Pocket Chart Math Mystery Pictures

Place value is an essential concept in math. There are several ways to make teaching and reviewing place value with tens and ones fun for your students. Using printable 100 Pocket Chart Math Mystery Pictures is an interactive place value task your students will enjoy.

Using a 100 Pocket Chart to Teach and Review Place Value

Kindergarten and First Grade students are usually introduced to 100 charts as early as possible. The knowledge of the hundreds chart helps them understand the concept of place value. I often use this resource in my classroom to build number sense and enhance base ten knowledge.

Using a pocket chart and the accompanying cards from 1-100, I take out several cards from the chart and ask students to complete the 100s chart by placing the missing cards in the appropriate pockets. I explain that digits in a number have different values depending on their position. The number cards that come with the pocket chart are great to discuss the tens and ones in each number. I enhance my students’ place value knowledge by asking them to state the tens and ones in each number when they are placing the cards in the pocket chart.

To make the activity more challenging, I create another version of the cards with tens and ones models using base ten blocks clipart. When placing the missing cards in the pocket chart, children practice counting tens and ones to identify the number shown. The pictures of tens and ones will help students reinforce their understanding of place value.

When you are first introducing this activity, you will want to leave the original numeral cards in the pocket chart. In this way, the students would match the base ten block cards with the numerals. Later on, you could make it more challenging by removing some or all of the numeral cards.

Math Mystery Pictures: A Creative Approach to Teaching Place Value

To surprise my student and make the activity more engaging, I often use Pocket Chart Mystery Pictures. This activity uses similar cards (numerals and place value) but they come in different colors. When the students place all the cards in the correct place in the pocket chart, a mystery picture is revealed!

If you want to create your own, you will first need to plan how the picture will look using a 10 by 10 grid. Then, use this picture to create the matching cards. I make mine 2 by 2 inches, but you will need to check the size of your own pocket chart.

To use the activity, simply print the cards on cardstock, cut them out, and place each set in a separate container or envelope. You can then have your students work in pairs or small groups to place each card in the correct pocket of the chart. As they place each card, a mystery picture will be revealed, making the activity both fun and self-checking.

Differentiating Place Value Activities for Student Success

By differentiating this place value activity, you can help ensure that all students are able to participate and learn at their own pace and level of understanding. I usually create three different versions for each number from 1 to 100: numerals, base ten blocks, and tens and ones.

Numerals: Create cards with numerals on them, such as 73, 48, and 92. Students will identify the numeral on the card and place it in the corresponding pocket.

Base ten blocks: Create cards with pictures of base ten blocks, such as 7 tens (rods) and 3 ones (blocks). Students will need to count the blocks to identify the number being represented, and then place the card in the correct spot.

Tens and Ones: Create cards with tens and ones, such as 7 tens, 3 ones for the number 73. Students will need to use their base ten knowledge to determine the numeral and then place the card in the matching pocket.

By using these different forms of representing numbers, you can differentiate the activity based on the students’ individual needs and abilities. You can also mix and match the different types of cards to provide a variety and an extra level of challenge for your students.

Holding Students Accountable during Place Value 1-100 Activities

Although the activity is quite self-checking, since the picture will only be revealed when students place the cards in the correct place, you may want to hold students accountable for their work. In this way, you can ensure that they remain engaged and on-task throughout the activity. Here are a few ways to hold students accountable:

Check for accuracy: Walk around and check students’ work periodically to ensure they are correctly identifying and placing the cards on the 100 chart. This will also give you an opportunity to provide feedback and support as needed.

Have students record their work: Provide a worksheet or recording sheet where students can write down the numbers they are placing on the chart. This will allow you to see their progress and understanding of place value.

Peer assessment: Have students work in pairs or small groups and check each other’s work. This will promote collaboration and give students an opportunity to practice explaining their thinking to others.

Varying the Place Value Chart Activity

This place value 100 pocket chart printable activity could be carried out with the whole class, alternatively, the students can work in pairs or small groups. To create an independent activity (such as for early finishers), you could put the cards of each set on a ring and provide a recording sheet. This could include an empty 10 by 10 grid or a 100s chart. Students have to look at each card, determine the number, and color the matching square according to the color on their card. If students are provided with an empty grid, they will first have to write all the numbers before starting the activity. 

By using the 100s pocket chart and place value cards, students can visualize and understand the concept of place value (tens and ones). This hands-on approach can make learning fun and engaging for your students. Teachers can use these Place Value 100 Pocket Chart printable activities to help students practice their number recognition, number sense, and place value skills. Differentiated versions of activities can help to tailor the activity to the needs of the students, and using mystery pictures can be a fun way to reinforce math concepts.


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