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Place Value Mats

Understanding place value is a foundational skill in mathematics, essential for grasping more complex concepts later on. To support students in Year 1 through Year 4, we are excited to offer a free and versatile resource called "Place Value Mats." You can download this helpful tool by clicking the button at

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Why Use "Place Value Mats"?

"Place Value Mats" are designed to help students visualize and understand the concept of place value in 3-digit and 4-digit numbers. This hands-on resource encourages interactive learning and makes abstract concepts more concrete. By using MAB (Multibase Arithmetic Blocks) blocks, students can physically manipulate and organize numbers, reinforcing their understanding of ones, tens, hundreds, and thousands.


How Do "Place Value Mats" Work?

  1. Print and Prepare:

    • Download the resource and print out the mats. Laminating them can make them durable for repeated use.

  2. Interactive Learning:

    • Students use MAB blocks, commonly available in primary school classrooms, to represent numbers.

    • They place the blocks in the corresponding columns for ones, tens, hundreds, and thousands.

  3. Open-Ended Practice:

    • The mats can be used for a variety of exercises, from simple number representation to more complex problems involving addition and subtraction.


Benefits of "Place Value Mats"

  • Hands-On Learning:

    • Students can physically move the MAB blocks, making the concept of place value more tangible and easier to understand.

  • Versatility:

    • The mats can be used for a wide range of activities, making them suitable for different levels of learning from Year 1 to Year 4.

  • Engagement:

    • Interactive and visual learning helps keep students engaged and interested in their maths lessons.

  • Foundation Building:

    • Mastering place value is crucial for future maths success, and this resource provides a strong foundation.


How to Use "Place Value Mats" in Your Classroom

  1. Individual Practice:

    • Allow students to work individually with the mats during maths lessons to practice representing numbers.

  2. Group Activities:

    • Use the mats for small group activities where students can collaborate and help each other understand place value concepts.

  3. Math Centres:

    • Incorporate the mats into your maths centres as an ongoing activity for students to rotate through.

  4. Homework Assignments:

    • Send the mats home for additional practice, ensuring that students have the opportunity to reinforce their learning outside of the classroom.

  5. Assessment Tool:

    • Use the mats as a quick and effective assessment tool to gauge students’ understanding of place value.

Our "Place Value Mats" resource is a versatile and essential tool for teaching place value to students in Year 1 through Year 4. This free resource, used alongside MAB blocks, can significantly enhance your maths lessons by providing hands-on, interactive learning opportunities. Download the "Place Value Mats" today by clicking the button below and watch your students build a solid foundation in place value with enthusiasm and confidence!

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