Lesson Plan

Place Value Party

Now that your first graders are able to count consecutively, introduce them to the tens and ones place values. Using tens and ones blocks will make math easy and fun for everyone!
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to distinguish between the tens and ones place value. Students will be able to use tens and ones blocks to make numbers.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
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(10 minutes)
  • Call students together as a group.
  • Inform the students that they will be learning about place value, or a number's position.
  • Inform students that each number represents a hundreds, tens, or ones place.
  • To motivate and activate the students, play the Place Value Song.


  • Give students examples of numbers with the same digits in different places, for example, 12 and 21.
  • Teach them that "place" means the position, or where the digits are. Create a visual reference for prepositional phrases such as "to the right of," "to the left of," and "next to" to describe the numbers.


  • Teach the students that "value" means how much something is worth. The number one has a different value in the number 12 than it does in 21.
  • Tell students to turn and talk to a partner about whether they would rather have 12 or 21 dollars using the sentence frame, "I would rather have ________ because ________." Discuss their rationale.