We all know the winter months can get long in the classroom. It has been COLD here in Texas and I wanted a way to spiral in some first grade place value review. Because we don’t see snow here often, I decided we could make our own winter fun with this place value activity.
This snowflake place value activity brought so much excitement into our classroom. Even better?! It started snowing while we were working on building our snowflakes!
The activity allows students to practice building their numbers with base 10 blocks. In my classroom, I first had my students build their numbers with base ten blocks. After that, they filled out their recording sheet that described the value of their number. I had two differentiated recording sheets depending on my students’ needs!
After that, it was off to the races! Students each got a blue piece of construction paper. They picked up a piece of paper with printed base ten blocks and went to town cutting a gluing their snowflakes!
My favorite part about this activity were the conversations that we were able to have about different numbers and how they are represented with tens and ones. Of course, I had a few girls who wanted their snowflakes to be so pretty, and they decorated it with TONS of ones! Ha! That led us to having academic conversations regarding tens and ones, as well as regrouping. In the end, they settled for snowflakes with nine ones or less.
After we finished building our snowflakes, we were able to hang them on our bulletin board in the hallway. My students were so proud of their snowflakes, and they made for a perfectly academic and seasonal hallway display!
You can get this differentiated place value activity in my Teachers Pay Teachers store! The product includes both a printable version and an updated digital version, which makes it a perfect virtual place value activity as well!
Enjoy your place value winter wonderland!