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Module 2 discussion: One to threedigit numbers through play
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Module 2 discussion: One to threedigit numbers through play
Posted by Discussion Forum on March 28, 2023 at 7:02 amShare your ideas and questions with other teachers participating in this course.
Read the discussion prompt below and reply to this thread.Do you have any other ideas to help your learners to learn one to threedigit numbers using play activities? Please share your ideas on the social learning page.
Tshepo Ditshane replied 3 weeks, 6 days ago 83 Members · 93 Replies 
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The teacher can help learners cut out numbers from 0 – 9, each leaner must have his/ her own numbers, then place a chart with colourful place values ( H for Hundreds, T for tens and U for units) play a video or tell a story that will be about 3 missing siblings numbers the older, the middle and the last number â€¦â€¦.. then ask learners to help these numbers find their positions on the chart. You can then give them other numbers then they sort them in groups they can design their own place value chart.

I like the idea and it will make maths be fun.

Yes my method i will callect the tips for bottle after that i will draw a maybe a spaces of 8 to a3 paper then i will group them inorder to make fun and understand better

Brilliant idea,Iâ€™m gonna use this method to my learners. Using objects grabs their attention and it will be able to get the picture fast

Yes it’s a good idea for the learners to learn with play

I like the idea it’s fine and easier to understand

Excellent idea this can be fun and easy to do for learners

I like the idea and it makes math fun and enjoyable.

I agree. Learning through play helps learners enjoy learning and it makes them understand easily.

Wow I’m going to use your I dea , thank you Maximba


Introduce placevalue to learners. Draw a table outlining the place value to 3 digit number, writ a 3 digit number on the chalkboard, allow learners to figure out the position of each digit, they can answer loudly or write on the board, you will be checking the misconception of learners, from there you can assist where they went wrong

I use building blocks. For the hundreds, I use a 3by1 block (it has 3 nodes). For the tens, I use a 2by1 block (it has two nodes) and for the ones, I use a 1by1 block (one node). I write numbers on the blocks and learners build them to find the place value of the numbers.


I can introduce place value to learners starting from simple numbers like 2digits numbers ,,gives clarity using counters matching tens & units ,use learners themselves to represent number given , then proceed to bigger numbers using hundreds with building blocks , roleplaying method will also be used to instill the knowledge of these 3 terms (hundreds,tens and units

One of them is using number blocks or manipulatives, where learners can physically touch and move the blocks to form numbers and understand their value. Another idea is to play number recognition games, such as “number scavenger hunt” where learners have to find and identify numbers around the classroom or playground. Additionally, educators could use songs or rhymes to teach learners numbers, as music can help with memory retention.

I use the ten base blocks to build a number. Learner work in pairs ,Roll the dice. The number the dice land on are recorded example: 2and 6 .The learner build the number using the ten base blocks to show place value. Learner discuss 2(tens) and 6 (Units) they can also record and write 26 2tens and 6 units. Learners explore and discover interact with each other.

One can put the learners in groups of 3 and allow one learner to go or run inbetween the groups by again counting in 3’s during counting if the learner gets skips or incorrectly counts he or she will be out allowing the other learner to count in 3’s as well until everyone gets their fair chance of counting.

I colour out drawings of fruits or vegetables sometimes animals, give each the same picture either fruits or vegetables then make them paste on the A4 page each written number 123… Then allow them to paste one fruit on number page Witten 1 then paste 2 fruits on a page written 2 then 3 fruits on the page written 3 fruits or it can be one page with different number and fruits not forgetting a song that ryhmes with all the numbers of fruits that we are working on…eg.. I have one green apple 2 yellow oranges and 3 red tomatoes lalalalalalaðŸ’ƒrepeat the song while holding pictures of the numbers that they are singing about…it makes them easy to understand and trust me

Sorting games: provide a set of cards with oneto three digit numbers of them ask the learner to sort the cards into different groups based on the number of digits. For example they can create groups of one digit number, two digit numbers and three digit numbers. This activity will help them visually categorize the numbers and understand the concept of digits placement

Introduce counting using objects so that it will be much easier to work with something that they can see


Learners can also use the matching game. Identify or pick a card number and find dots that match with it. They will be sorting them out as they pick.

I introduce place value to my kids is the family that has parents sisters or brothers and babies.
Parents are hundreds, sisters are tens babies are ones. So if one family vusiit another family. Parents sits together.sisters with sisters then babies plays together. This becomes easy fir them to find the answer.

Yes I think it is a good idea because children can easly know thing or math by doing something that is fun but not pushing them to know that thing cause they won’t understand you

Yes because help leaners to understand well leason in the classroom

yes,because its will be useful for the learners to participate in the classroom and get along with the teacher.
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