Are you looking for strategies to help students who have trouble understanding place value? If so, keep reading.

**1.** Create a math reference sheet for the student to keep at their desk (e.g., steps used in doing subtraction, multiplication, addition, and division problems).

**2.** Get the student to check their math assignments using a calculator to reinforce learning math facts.

**3.** Get the student to practice regrouping a number in various positions and determining its value (e.g., 372, 627, 721).

**4.** Get the student to talk through math problems as they are solving them to find place value errors the student is making.

**5.** Get the student to use a calculator to reinforce learning math facts. Get the student to solve several problems each day using a calculator.

**6.** Make sure the student has mastery of math ideas at each level before introducing a new skill level.

**7.** Make sure the student has the prerequisite skills to learn place value (e.g., counting, writing numbers to 100, etc.).

**8. **Do not require the student to learn more information than they are capable of learning at any time.

**9. **Teach the student the ideas and terminology appropriate to learn place value (e.g., *set, column, middle, left, digit*, etc.).

**10.** Utilize manipulative objects (e.g., base ten blocks, connecting links, etc.) to teach the student place value and to give a visual image.

**11. **Utilize vertical lines or graph paper to help the student visualize columns and put a single digit in a column.

**12. **Teach the student that addition, subtraction, and multiplication problems are worked from right to left beginning with the ones column.

**13. **Teach the student that the collective value of ten “ones” is equal to one “ten” and that ten “tens” is equal to one hundred.

**14.** Teach the student the zero concept in place value (e.g., there are no tens in the number 207 so a zero is put in the tens column).

**15.** Money ideas will help the student in learning place value association (e.g., $1.26 is the same as six pennies or six ones; two dimes or two tens; one dollar or one hundred).

**16.** Give practice with place value using an app or a hand-held educational device that gives instant feedback to the student.

**17.** Give the student concrete experiences to help them learn and remember math facts.

**18.** Give the student learning experience s in grouping concrete objects into groups of tens, hundreds, etc. (e.g., popsicle sticks, tongue depressors, paper clips, buttons, etc.).

**19.** Minimize the emphasis on competition. Competitive learning activities may cause the student to hurry and make mistakes solving math problems.

**20.** Get the student to practice labeling columns to represent ones, tens, hundreds, etc.

**21. **Select a peer to work with the student each day on place value learning activities (e.g., flash cards).

**22. **Teach the student why they are learning a math concept. Give the student concrete examples and chances for them to apply those ideas in real-life situations.

**23. **Consider using Alexa for the Math Classroom.

**24.** Try gamifying your math lessons.

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