Part of the fun of teaching using math centers is coming up with the centers themselves.
Our first unit has been place value and number sense. I needed a fun center to allow students to generate a four digit number and then determine the value of a certain digit. Part of reinforcing that in the number: 4,501 the 5 isn't just 5 but 500.
I had the aha moment a few years ago to use pill boxes as a means to hold dice. It has been a HIT each year!
Most kiddos caught on super quick. Others needed a tiny bit of help and off they went.
This center was such a hit and is totally adaptable. You can make up to a 7 digit number, or smaller. The kids loved being able to shake up the box and were chomping at the bit to get to this center in the rotation. Plus, the came away solid in the skill. Win, win!
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