Place value block party=freebie!

Who doesn't love a party??? Tomorrow we are going to have place value blocks everywhere during math as we will be practicing adding 3-digit numbers using models. Now, I know that my third graders have used this strategy before in 2nd grade...but as part of the common core, this is one of the strategies I need to teach! 

I created this activity to help students remember how to regroup with place value blocks! I hope it helps them with this strategy!

 I will give the first 10 people to leave a comment this presentation for FREE. Just tell me how you teach addition with using models? Don't forget to leave your email:) 
 And just a TPT and TN stores are on sale 20% off until tomorrow. I also have a giveaway going on at my TN shop!

Here's to a great week!


  1. This looks similar to how I teach it...with the kids grouping like cubes and exchanging for the next 10/100. Looks great!

  2. I also use base 10 blocks to teach addition. I still use an overhead with base ten blocks cut out of plastic mesh as my model. The students have their own sets at their groups to help illustrate the problem right along with me. We start with ones and regroup until we conclude. Thanks for another visual.


  3. Love this! Great presentation! We go old school with the cuisinaire rods. They love trading anything in whether it be tokens for a prize or the ones for a tens. Your presentation will be a great visual!
    Pixy Stix and Teacher Tricks

  4. In my special needs class we do lots of trading ones for tens. We use pennies and dimes too. They love to make even trades.

    :o) V.
    Special Teacher for Special Kids

  5. I love using the base tens blocks...we also use them on the smartboard for the kids to move them around, which they really like!
    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

  6. I try to do it using a place value mat. So the students put all their blocks in the tens, ones, and hundreds place and then move them over to make any exchanges.

    Adventures in Room 5

  7. I love using base 10 blocks for addition and subtraction. We put ours on Place Value Mats and use bundling sticks (paddlepop sticks) when first introducing the concept. When we get 14 ones, like in your example, the kids are able to physically bundle the sticks together and place above the two numbers they've made (just like when we record it). The same goes for subtractions, the kids can unbundlethe sticks to make tens ones. Your presentation looks great!

    Down Under Teacher

  8. We also use cubes with place value mats. (WHich I whipped up on the computer in ten seconds...nothing fancy!) We play money math games with the mats trading bills...ones for tens, tens for hundreds, to show the same thing. Also show under the document camera just so everyone can see.

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

  9. I think we must all think alike. I use base 10 blocks on place value mats and we also use the whiteboard with base 10 blocks. If I have littles that are still struggling we move on to bundling straws or sticks as Kylie has mentioned. If I still have strugglers we move on to using something else, and do the same thing in a hundred different ways. Your presentation looks great and I would love to use it to review with my grade 3's, we are just about to head in to trading with subtraction as well.
    Mrs Poultney's Ponderings

  10. I teach addition using base ten blocks, too! I would love to have this presentation! My email is

    Fourth Grade Lemonade

  11. I always use the base 10 blocks to intro my lessons and let them work with a partner.


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  13. I also use place value blocks and mats to teach addition. It certainly makes a difference to the kiddos. The visuals and the hands-on makes it so concrete for the kids and certainly aids in their understanding.

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