Lesson Plan

Place Value Concentration

Put your students to the test with this lesson that helps them learn the tens and ones places with a memory game and worksheet!
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Building in Base-Ten pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Building in Base-Ten pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify the tens place and the ones place in a number.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments


(5 minutes)
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  • Explain to the students that today, they will be working with tens and ones.
  • Remind them how we get tens and ones. Count out a group of objects and place them in groups of 10. We get ones from the leftover items that aren't enough to make a group of ten.
  • Show them a group of ten bundled together.
  • Be sure to show them the ones left over and how they are not bundled or grouped together because there are not enough to make a group of ten.


  • Define a group as a collection of items that are the same in some way. When students are told to "Work in their groups," they work with students who are in the same cluster as they are.
  • Build number sense by counting the days of school. Label cups "tens" and "ones." Add a straw for each day of school, bundling a 10 and moving to the other cup as needed. Introduce hundreds cup on the 100th day of school.


  • Tell students to turn and talk to a partner to explain why 31 is more than 13, even though the digits in both numbers are the same.