Teaching place value to special education students – OrbRom Autism Center
Place value is the concept that the value of a digit in a number depends on its position. For example, the number 23 has a value of 20 + 3 = 23. The 2 in the tens place has a value of 20, and the 3 in the ones place has a value of 3.
Understanding place value is an important foundation for learning mathematics. It is essential for operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Students with special education needs may need additional support to learn place value.
Here are some tips for teaching place value to special education students:
Use concrete materials. Concrete materials, such as base-ten blocks, can help students visualize the concept of place value. For example, you can use base-ten blocks to show the number 23. You can also use manipulatives, such as counters, to help students practice adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing numbers.
Use visual aids. Visual aids, such as place value charts and posters, can help students understand the concept of place value. You can also use pictures and diagrams to help students visualize the concept.
Use hands-on activities. Hands-on activities, such as games and puzzles, can help students practice place value concepts. You can also use songs and poems to help students learn place value.
Provide explicit instruction. Explicit instruction is clear, step-by-step instruction that breaks down complex concepts into smaller, more manageable steps. This type of instruction can be helpful for students with special education needs.
Provide multiple opportunities for practice. Students with special education needs may need multiple opportunities to practice place value concepts. You can provide practice opportunities in class, during homework, and during independent practice.
Provide feedback and reinforcement. Feedback and reinforcement are essential for helping students learn. Provide students with positive feedback when they are successful, and provide corrective feedback when they are not.