Powerful Place Value + Freebie

This week has been all about district assessment prep! We came back from a long weekend and BAM...we dove right into place value review!

I don't know about you, but I just loath district assessments. I know I have prepped and taught my kids all the concepts covered, but without fail, the district test always presents the material in a foreign way to my kiddos. The wording is different or the format is not the same. It's always something. I want to scream when this happens! 

I was bound and determined to NOT let this happen to my kiddos again. SO.... this little flip book activity was created! I made the books ahead of time with two sheets of construction paper. Then, I stapled it at the top to secure them.  Hence, the four flaps were created.  
I had each student cut out the flap labels and I modeled where to glue each one, so there was little room for error. 

Next, I asked my students to choose three numbers 0-9 and cut them out. They glued them above the "My Three Numbers" label.

Finally, each student needed to use the three numbers they choice to make the largest three-digit number possible AND the smallest three digit numbers possible.

Here is the BEST part...the kids had to EXPLAIN why their three-digit number was the largest and smallest! This quickly gave me an understanding of who mastered the concepts of place value and who still needed practice before the district test. I was one happy teacher when I saw this writing under the flaps of most of my students! SCORE!

You can grab a copy of this activity by clicking HERE

I hope you can use these in your classroom. If you download them, I would love for you to leave a comment and let me know what you think of them. Thanks so much everyone! 


  1. I love this. It is a quick review and I love that it requires a written explanation.

  2. I love this! I also love that they have to explain their thinking. That can be such a challenge and it is something I require my second graders to do all the time. Thank you for sharing the freebie!!

    Primarily Speaking

  3. It's interesting how this concept can be challenging for any age. I love how you had them explain their reasoning!

    Fishing for Education Blog

  4. I love that they are explaining their reasoning. Thanks for sharing.

  5. What a great idea! Why do the district tests always do that?? It is so frustrating!! Thanks for sharing and TGIF!!

    Christa Swaney