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Assessing K-2 Math Skills, Part 3: Place Value

For this level of assessment, we will use a place value board and counters.

Building Large Numbers with Manipulatives

Anything can be used as math manipulatives.

Concept Level
Choose a two-digit number say it verbally and ask to build the number with manipulatives on the place value board.



Connecting Level
Show him a two-digit numeral on a card and ask him to build the number with counters on the place value board.

Symbolic Level
Choose a two-digit number and ask him to record the numeral on a blank piece of paper. Then ask the child to build the number with manipulatives on the place value board.
Once he shows that he or she is comfortable with two-digit numbers, try three-digit numbers.
Build a number with counters and ask him to verbalize the number. Then ask him to record the number.

Addition and Subtraction with Regrouping
Concept Level
Decide on an equation in which he must regroup and tell it to him and have him use the counters on the place value board. Be sure to give addition and a subtraction problems.

Connecting Level
Use some cards with addition and subtraction equations which require regrouping. Ask him to show you how to solve it with manipulatives and a place value board.


Symbolic Level
Choose an addition equation which requires regrouping and ask him to solve the problem on paper. Then ask the child to prove the answer with manipulatives and a place value board.

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