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25 Activities to Teach Place Value

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Place Value Activity 1.  Write the Room

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2. Morning Meeting Routine

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3. Lego Block Place Value

Place value activity 4.  file folder games, 5. paint swatch place value, 6. math centers.

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Place Value Activity 7. Base Ten Monsters!  (Or Robots)

8. place value names, 9. identify different place value units.

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Place Value Activity 10. Place Value War

11. place value read alouds.

  • Zero the Hero by Joan Holub (aff)
  • Sir Cumference and All the King’s Tens by Cindy Neuschwander (aff)
  • Math Fables: Lessons That Count by Greg Tang (aff)
  • Earth Day–Hooray! by Stuart J. Murphy (aff)
  • Place Value by David A. Adler (aff)
  • A Place for Zero by Angeline Sparagna LoPresti (aff)
  • The King’s Commissioners by Aileen Friedman (aff)
  • A Million Dots by Andrew Clements (aff)
  • How Much is a Million by David Schwartz (aff)
  • Penguin Place Value by Kathleen Stone (aff)

12. Place Value Math Printables

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Place Value Activity 13. Rolling for Place Value

14.  place value yahtzee, 15. color by number.

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Place Value Activity 16. Pool Noodles

17. center work mats.

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18. Place Value Hopscotch

Place value activity 19. snowball place value toss, 20. i have, who has.

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21. Place Value Nuts and Bolts

Place value activity 22. ping pong challenge, activity 23. place value and science.

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24. YouTube Videos

Place value activity 25. rainbow place value.

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30 Smart Place Value Activities and Games for Elementary Math Students

Place value pool noodles? Genius!

Examples of place value games and activities including Place Value War and cutting pool noodles into tens and ones.

Place value is one of those basic concepts that help kids build a wide variety of math skills. There are lots of fun place value activities and games you can use to help them understand, whether you’re working with basic tens and ones or have advanced to decimals with tenths and hundredths. Here’s a terrific collection of ideas to add to your upcoming lesson plans!

1. Start with an anchor chart

Place value anchor chart that looks like a robot.

Help students understand and remember four ways to represent numbers and place value with an anchor chart. Turning the chart into a robot ups the fun factor!

2. Read a book about place value

Place Value Activities Books

We’re not talking about the paragraph in their math workbook that explains the concept. We mean one of these engaging and entertaining place value books that capture kids’ imagination while helping them understand how place value works and why it matters. There are plenty of options out there—here are a few of our favorites.

  • Zero the Hero , by Joan Holub and Tom Lichtenheld
  • Sir Cumference and All the King’s Tens , by Cindy Neuschwander
  • Place Value , by David A. Adler

3. Turn paint samples into place value sliders

Colorful paint sample chips with individual sections labeled tens and ones, with number strips inserted (Place Value Activities)

Use the cutouts in paint sample chips as little “windows” for numbers. This is a fun and colorful way to introduce place value to your students.

4. Show it four ways

Orange worksheet with the number 39 represented as numerals, tens and ones, place value blocks, and 30+9

Ask students to demonstrate their understanding of place value by showing one number in a variety of ways. Get a free printable worksheet for this activity at the link.

5. Transform a pillbox into a place value manipulative

Place Value Activities Shaker WeAreTeachers

Stop by the dollar store for some weekly pillbox containers, then use our free printable labels to turn them into dice shakers you can use for all kinds of place value activities.

6. Stack place value Cheerio towers

Uncooked spaghetti strands stuck upright into playdough and labeled H, T, and O with Cheerios stacked on each next to card reading 570

Looking for more inexpensive math class ideas? Grab a box of uncooked spaghetti and some Cheerios to use for your place value activities.

7. Visualize place value with a foldable

Foldable place value card activity

Use sentence strips and dry-erase tape to create a reusable math manipulative that reinforces place value concepts and expanded form.

8. Slide cards into binder pages

Clear pocket pages in a binder with place value headings and numbers

Use divided binder pages along with number and base-10 cards to show place value. Call out each digit and its place (“There’s a 3 in the thousands place”) and see if your students can make the correct number.

9. Construct a tower of base-10 blocks

Place value blocks stacked into a tower.

Base-10 blocks are a popular math manipulative , and they’re perfect for teaching place value. This activity challenges kids to use the blocks to find three different ways to build a structure representing 1,000. New to base-10 blocks? Here’s a good starter set from Amazon to try.

10. Figure out the place value of your name

Base 10 blocks used to spell the name Abigail, with sticky notes indicating the place value of several student names (Place Value Activities)

Here’s another clever use for base-10 blocks. First, have each student use them to spell out their name. Then, count up the numbers of tens and ones blocks to determine your name’s place value!

11. Stack paper cups

Place value stacking cups.

While you’re at the dollar store, pick up some stackable paper cups. Number them 1 to 9 along the edge, and then use them to talk about place value as you stack them to create different numbers.

12. Build place value bugs

Cute bug made from one large pom pom and a series of smaller ones, with cards saying tens, ones, and 15 (Place Value Activities)

How cute is this little number bug? Use large pom-poms for tens and smaller ones for ones, then set them on a wood craft stick to create a number.

13. Shoot for the target with LEGO bricks

Target with LEGO bricks tossed on it to make multiplication problems.

LEGO bricks really are ideal for place value activities. Toss the bricks onto a homemade target with rings to represents ones, tens, and so on. Count the studs of each brick that lands on a place value ring, then add them up to get your final number. See more LEGO math ideas here.

14. Build understanding with LEGO bricks

Place Value Activities Teach Me Mommy

You know your students love to build with LEGO, so use them to reinforce place value concepts too. Hands-on place value activities are always the most fun!

15. Act out multiplying and dividing

Diagrams showing students shifting places as they multiply and divide decimals by ten

Active math games are one of the best ways we know to get kids involved in their learning. Find out how to act out multiplying or dividing by powers of 10 at Teacher Thrive .

16. Play a game of Place Value War

Uno cards set up to play Place Value War

Play this game with Uno cards or a classic deck with face cards removed. Each player has a number of piles (depending on which place values you’re working on) and lays down the top card from each. The players say the resulting numbers out loud (e.g. “five hundred thirty”), and the player with the highest number wins. For a fun variation, allow players to use the cards they flip to create the highest possible number.

17. Build a number

Worksheet with the digits 3703 at the top, and instructions to build the largest number, build the smallest number, etc. (Place Value Activities)

Kids select some number cards, then try to meet a series of challenges like making the largest number they can. Add in a decimal card to up the complexity of the game.

18. Keep track of school days in a pocket chart

Place value pocket chart

Each day, count how many days students have been in school this year by adding counters like 10-frames to a pocket chart. The number climbs as the year goes on, building from ones to tens to hundreds.

19. Send them on a scavenger hunt

Place Value Activities Primary Theme Park

Grab a stack of old magazines and newspapers and let kids loose to find examples of the place value challenges set in this scavenger hunt. Go to Primary Theme Park to get the free printable.

20. Shake things up with Yahtzee

Place Value Yahtzee game

Roll out the dice and try to beat your opponent as you fulfill the conditions of this special game of Yahtzee. Print the free game boards and get the rules at the link below. Find more creative ways to use dice in your classroom here.

21. Enjoy a game of Whack It!

Whack It! game set up on a table.

What kid doesn’t love to whack things with a fly swatter? Put that energy to good use by having them slap the swatter down on the correct values as you call them out.

22. Take a journey on the Place Value Path

Place Value Path board game with dot paint marker.

This free printable game combines a traditional board game with bingo. Roll the dice to see which outer square you land on. Count up the number represented by the base-10 symbols, and mark it on your bingo board. When you get five in a row, you win!

23. Toss beanbags into place value bins

Colored plastic bins on grass set up for place value game.

Combine hand-eye coordination practice with math skills in this place value game. Label bins for tens, hundreds, etc., and choose a number. Kids toss numbered bean bags into the correct bins to win!

24. Snack and learn with rainbow math

Rainbow math worksheet with Fruit Loops cereal strung on pipecleaners.

Use Froot Loops cereal pieces and pipe cleaners to learn tens and ones with this free printable activity. Don’t want to use cereal? Try beads instead.

25. Use nuts and bolts to learn place value

Place Value nuts and bolts activity

Looking for inexpensive ways to represent base 10? Try nuts and bolts! You can pick them up in bulk at the hardware store, and it’s easy to replace them if they get lost.

26. Make giant DIY ones and tens blocks

Students holding giant DIY ones and tens blocks

Cut squares of bright-colored card stock for ones, and tape together a series of them to create the tens. Then add smiley faces to the top just for fun, and have kids hold up the giant blocks to represent various numbers.

27. Cut a pool noodle into tens and ones

Pool noodles cut into tens and ones for place value activity

The nice thing about these DIY manipulatives is that they’re easy for little hands to handle. Cut pool noodles to represent tens and ones to give kids practice building numbers.

28. Solve a place value puzzle

Place value puzzle worksheet

Place value activities are still important for older kids. This advanced activity asks them to solve math word problems and write the solutions into the correct place on the grid. Get the free printable at Education.com .

29. Complete a place value maze

Place value maze worksheet and marker.

This advanced place value activity gives students practice adding hundreds, thousands, and higher. They find the next correct answer in the maze as they go along. Visit Math Geek Mama for these free printable mazes.

30. Walk along giant number lines

Giant number lines with kids walking on them.

We love place value activities that also get kids up and moving! For this one, use masking tape to create number lines for ones, tens, hundreds, etc., on the floor. Choose a number and use paper plates to mark the correct places on the number lines, or have kids stand on the correct mark instead.

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7 Engaging and Fun Place Value Activities to increase Student Success

Teaching place value can sometimes prove to be a difficult task. Children are concrete learners, and place value is much more abstract.   As teachers, we must find ways to make the abstract concepts of math something our students can understand and connect too.  Over the years I’ve tried lots of different place value activities with varying levels of success.  Today I’m excited to share some of my favorite place value activities that find their way into my classroom year after year. 

Help your students master place value concepts with these fun place value activities for the classroom

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Fun place value activities students love.

Games like Last Man Standing are a great way to engage students in learning and help them make a personal connection to place value concepts.

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3. hands-on fun.

Using hands-on activities like play dough, shaving cream and blocks can help students better understand abstract place value concepts

Daily Place Value Practice

Number of the Day is a great way to get daily review of important place value concepts

The Number of the Day resource is jam packed with skills such as:

  • Even or odd
  • Hundreds, tens, and ones
  • Skip counting
  • Adding and subtracting
  • Drawing place value using blocks or sticks
  • 1, 10, and 100 more and less

3 digit Number of the Day is a great daily number sense and place value review for first and second grade

Digital Place Value Activities

Digital place value activities, like these Boom Cards, engage students and provide self-checking practice

Color by Place Value 

Color by Code for Place Value is a great activity that provides lots of practice problems

  • standard form
  • expanded form

Math and Art

Combine math and art with this fun place value picture.  Get everything you needed to complete this activity for free in this free place value download

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Place value is a foundational math skill our young students must learn.  These fun place value activities will help your students master these important concepts.

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20+ Hands-on Ways to Teach Place Value

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Teach place value, numbers, decimals, and greater than/less than with these hands on elementary math activities! Use printables, manipulatives, and more!

Teach place value, numbers, decimals, and greater than/less than with these hands on elementary math activities! Use printables, manipulatives, and more!

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6 strategies to help pupils develop an early understanding of place value

4 block arrows representing place value. The first is 1000, then 100, then 10, then 1

Number and place value are foundational concepts for all mathematics learning. This means we need to address how to teach place value as early as possible so that pupils can secure their knowledge of the concept.

How do you develop an early understanding of place value in the primary school classroom? Let’s start by defining place value . It is a system for writing numerals where the position of each digit determines its value. Each value is a multiple of a common base of 10 in our decimal system.

Here are some teaching strategies I’ve found useful when helping learners develop an early understanding of place value.

Progress through concepts systematically

Developing an understanding of place value requires systematic progression. Each new concept should build on previous learning experiences so that pupils can gain deeper, relational understanding as they go.

This approach ensures knowledge is developed, refined and applied correctly as numbers become meaningful tools for solving problems rather than just a series of symbols on a page. Most importantly, this starts our learners on the path to becoming confident problem solvers and pattern spotters.

Use the CPA approach to establish meaning

The CPA ( Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract ) approach helps pupils connect a physical representation of a number (concrete manipulatives) to that same quantity as shown in drawings or graphics (pictorial), and finally to the actual written name and symbol for that number (abstract).

I view concrete resources as meaning makers. They add meaning to abstract representations of numbers so that when learners progress to the abstract phase, they know what those numbers stand for, what they mean, and how they relate to each other.

If a pupil can identify the meaning of each component in a problem, they are far more confident in how they work to solve it.

Teach the ‘ten-ness of ten’

‘Ten’ is the foundational building block of our Base 10 numeration system. At an early level, spend as much time as possible studying the numbers from 0 to 10, as understanding the ‘ten-ness of ten’ is crucial for maths attainment, and it cannot be rushed.

Once this understanding is locked-in, follow this with an introduction to number bonds . Start with the additive relationships between numbers less than 10, then progress to adding and subtracting up to 10. This ensures that learners see 10 as an important ‘base’ number in all of their future maths applications.

Progress to 20, then to 40

I make sure to take my time teaching ten and teen numbers so that a solid understanding of place value with numbers up to 20 is properly established.

I then extend the place value concept by working with numbers up to 40 — followed by addition and subtraction to 40.

Because pupils have learned to make 10 and use number bonds, they are ready to begin working with multi-digit numbers and regrouping. Focusing on numbers to 40 while developing the concept of place value also allows learners to associate numbers with easily-managed, physical quantities (meaning makers).

Use base 10 blocks for 100 and 1000

The work we’ve done building a gradual understanding of place value will have prepared pupils to progress to three-digit numbers. So we can now move on to studying up to 100.

We start here by developing an understanding of numbers in multiple place value representations. For example, one thousand five hundred is 15 hundreds or 150 tens.

Once they get the hang of that, learners then sharpen their counting, reading, and writing skills for numbers up to 1,000. Moving into addition and subtraction with numbers up to 1,000 — with and without regrouping — is the next step.

Here is where our work establishing an early understanding of place value is key, because pupils will intrinsically know why these algorithms work for three and four-digit numbers. Base 10 blocks are a great tool to help solidify those earlier place value ideas when working with numbers up to the thousands.

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Approach larger numbers the same way

The CPA approach is once again our answer to learning place value in larger numbers. Apply those skills and always be on the lookout for chances to extend number and place value concepts.

For example, you can identify and complete number patterns or find missing digits on a number line.

From there you can explore strategies for mental mathematics as well as addition and subtraction for numbers up to 10,000. Take learners even deeper by having them explore place value with an emphasis on multiplication, division, and decimals.

Mastering maths concepts like place value in the early years is not just key to success in the classroom. It prepares learners for a lifetime of deep mathematical understanding by giving them invaluable real-world tools like resilience and problem-solving ability.

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Tools and activities for teaching place value.

Find lessons, tools, and activities for place value, comparing numbers, and rounding in your primary classrooms!

Place Value is such a fun concept to teach in elementary school! And it is incredibly important to students’ understanding of numbers and eventually, computation. Are you looking for tools and activities for teaching these skills? I’ve got you covered!

Anchor Charts

Anchor Charts for teaching place value lessons in first and second grade

Of course, anchor charts are a must! But, I already wrote an entire blog post about which anchor charts to use in your Place Value Lessons. So, you can head over there for more info! (Blog link at the bottom of this page).

A tip: Laminate your anchor charts for Place Value. So many of your anchor chart activities will need to be used many times with lots of examples!

Place Value Tools and Manipulatives

Place value manipulatives for first and second grade lessons

As far as manipulatives go, Base 10 Blocks are a must. Many of your schools will provide math manipulatives for you. However, if they don’t, this is a set I absolutely love. Not only are the different place blocks different colors, but they also provide a mat that is big enough to display the manipulatives for easy place value display. You can also make your own place value mat like the one above by laminating a piece of anchor chart paper with a hand-drawn table.

There are also place value tables like the ones in the pictures above that are perfect for use in small groups and centers. The numbers flip over in each position and students can easily work within their place value range. If you have a grade-level budget or the opportunity to get supplies from organizations like your PTA, consider grabbing one of these sets.

  • Base-10 Blocks & Place Value Mat
  • Millions Place Value Flip Chart
  • Thousands Place Value Flip Chart

Hands-On Lessons and Activities

Place Value hands-on interactive lesson plans and activities for second grade

Next, it’s your lessons. Your lessons are going to play a major role in student mastery of place value. Whole-Group lessons should have anchor charts, hands-on activities, and opportunities for students to practice the skill. In this case, an “I Do-We Do-You Do” setup will work well.

The lessons in my units, like the one pictured above, will all have an Anchor Chart, a whole group activity, shared activity, and a worksheet or printable where students can practice and show their understanding.

Hands-On Centers

Hands-on interactive centers for place value in first and second grade

In order to provide students with plenty of time to work with place value skills, incorporate hands-on centers or small group activities. Students should be practicing again and again with a variety of numbers and places.

Centers could include something like “Spin The Number,” where students spin each digit, creating a number. Then, they will need to use their place value skills with that number. They could determine the value of each place, write the number in standard, word, and expanded form, compare numbers, etc.

Interactive Notebooks for Place Value

Place value interactive notebook pages for first and second grades

Do you use interactive notebooks? I like to include these glue in pages in lessons or centers because it is a great way for students to practice the skills we are learning. But, it is also a way to show their progress over the year. You can use these pages to check for understanding and students can use their interactive notebook pages to reinforce their understanding or correct misconceptions.

Interactive Notebooks are low-prep and can be easily added to a center or small group. I also love seeing them used as an exit slip!

Printable Place Value Activities

Printable place value worksheets and activities for first and second grade

Similarly, printable activities are a low-prep way to have hands-on practice. Printing pages that students can cut apart and paste is sometimes more accessible for independent or partner activities. Have your students color in the correct base-10 blocks instead of having to provide the blocks (and keep them organized) for more than one center.

Using Pre-Made Google Slides or Seesaw Digital Activities

Digital place value worksheets and activities for 1st and 2nd grades

All of your students will need skill practice for each strategy, as well. An easy way to implement skill practice without any prep or take-home papers is to use pre-made digital skill activities. The digital skill activities in the example above are from the Digital Place Value activities set linked at the bottom of this post. They are premade in Google Slides and Seesaw.

Students will be practicing their place value skills on Google Slides or Seesaw, manipulating each page with their mouse and keyboard. The pages can be assigned individually or you can share the entire document with your students and assign 1-2 pages each day for practice.

Using WhiteBoard.fi for Place Value

Digital student whiteboards online tool for elementary math

Coincidentally, there is a free, online tool called Whiteboard.fi that acts like a personal whiteboard for each student. All you have to do is share the link and your students can practice their place value skills on a digital whiteboard. Use this for whole-group or small-group practice!

With these digital whiteboards, you can see which strategies students use to work through place-value questions. This will allow you to see their work and assess who is understanding the concepts and who needs extra instruction. After seeing all of the student responses, you can easily “Clear all whiteboards” and pose another question or move forward with your next task.

Gamify Their Math with IXL

IXL place value game-like virtual activities

Previously, I have mentioned using IXL.com for skill practice. This site is excellent for standard-specific skill practice. Not only are students going to be prompted with problems that are specific to your strategy, but they will also be getting live feedback and explanations for misconceptions. IXL has several activities for base-ten and place value. So, students will be able to practice their place value skills as much as they need!

Resources and Links You May Need From This Blog Post

Today, we discussed different tools and activities for teaching Place Value. Here are a few resources that will make your life easier! Links to resources are below.

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If you’re on the hunt for Place Value resources, look no further. Not only do these units come with digital anchor charts, but they also have lesson plans, activities, worksheets, and more!

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These activities are for 2nd-grade Place Value. As you can see, there are digital activities, centers, worksheets, short answer questions, and interactive notebook pages.

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Here are the same sets, but with 1st-grade activities!

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2. introduce skip counting, 3. understanding numbers vs. digits, 4. visualizing place value, 5. expanding place value understanding, 6. place value in different number systems, 7. operations using place value, 8. advanced place value concepts, 9. application and problem solving.

Have you ever faced the challenge of explaining why the number 10 is not just a “1” next to a “0”, or why in the number 150, the “5” stands for 50 and not just 5? Understanding how to teach place value is crucial for educators and parents alike, as it forms the foundation for all higher-level math skills, from addition and subtraction to multiplication , division , and beyond. This concept is key to comprehending the size of numbers, how to decompose them, and how they relate to each other.

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In this blog, we’re diving into strategies and insights on simplifying this complex concept. Our focus will be on strategies and tips for teaching children, particularly those in the early elementary grades, ranging from kindergarten through third grade.

What is Place Value?

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Place value is a way of showing the value of digits in a number based on their position. In the decimal number system , which is what we use every day, the position of a digit tells us how much that digit is worth.

  • Position in a Number: Each spot in a number has a different value. For example, in the number 345: The “5” is in the ones place, so it’s just worth 5. The “4” is in the tens place, so it’s worth 40 (4 tens). The “3” is in the hundreds place, so it’s worth 300 (3 hundred).
  • Value of Digits: The value of a digit increases by ten times as we move each place to the left. So, a digit in the tens place is ten times more than the same digit in the ones place.
  • Importance of Zero: Zero plays a special role in place value. It acts like a placeholder. For example, in the number 105, the zero shows no tens, helping us distinguish between one hundred-five and fifteen.

5 Importance of Place Value

For several reasons, understanding place value is essential, making it a key concept in mathematics education. Here’s why it’s so important:

  • Builds Number Sense: Place value helps students grasp the size and value of numbers. It’s a strong number sense foundation, enabling learners to understand how numbers relate.
  • Supports Math Operations: Whether adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing, place value is at the heart of these operations . It allows students to break down numbers and solve problems more easily.
  • Facilitates Mental Math: With a solid grasp of place value, students can perform calculations in their heads more efficiently. This skill is crucial for quick problem-solving and estimation .
  • Prepares for Higher Math: Understanding place value lays the groundwork for learning more complex mathematical concepts, including decimals , fractions , and algebra .
  • Enhances Problem-Solving Skills: A deep understanding of place value enhances students’ ability to think critically and solve various mathematical problems.

How to Teach Place Value in Nine Easy Steps

Deciding the right time to introduce place value is crucial in learning place value. Typically, this is after students have mastered counting by ones and have a basic grasp of simple addition and subtraction. This milestone is often reached around first or second grade . At this stage, children are ready to understand that numbers are made up of different parts, each with its value . 

To make explaining place value simpler, begin with skip counting . This means teaching children to count by numbers other than one, like twos, fives, and tens. Skip counting helps kids move beyond counting one by one, preparing them to understand larger numbers more easily. 

Focusing on counting by tens is especially important because our number system is based on the number ten. This way, children see numbers in groups or sets, a key step in grasping place value. By practicing skip counting, students learn to view numbers in a more structured way, seeing the patterns and how numbers fit together, which is essential for learning place value.

Games can be a great way to introduce skip counting to kids. Start with these skip counting games :

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A key step in how to teach place value involves clarifying the difference between numbers and digits . Digits are the building blocks of our number system, consisting of the ten symbols from 0 to 9. When we talk about digits, we’re referring to these individual symbols. However, when digits come together, they form numbers based on their arrangement. 

For instance, the digit “1” on its own represents the number one, and “7” represents the number seven. But when we combine them to “17,” they collectively represent 17. This distinction is crucial for the place value concept because it shows how the position of each digit affects the overall value of the number. Demonstrating this with various examples, like how “3” and “5” together make thirty-five, helps students grasp that numbers are composed of digits whose value changes based on their position.

  • Place Value Charts: One effective method for teaching place value is to use place value charts. These charts help students see the position of each digit in a number and understand its value. For example, in the number 2,453, the chart helps illustrate that the “2” is in the thousands place, the “4” in the hundreds place, and so on.
  • Base-10 Blocks: Another hands-on approach is using base-10 blocks or similar manipulatives. These blocks represent units, tens, hundreds, and thousands, allowing students to build and manipulate numbers physically. By using these blocks, students can visually and tangibly grasp how numbers are composed of different place values, enhancing their understanding of ones, tens, hundreds, etc.
  • Hundreds and Beyond: As students become comfortable with the basics of place value, it’s important to introduce them to larger numbers. Using the same tools and techniques, such as place value charts and base-10 blocks, you can help students visualize and understand numbers in the hundreds, thousands, and beyond. 
  • Comparing and Ordering Numbers: Teaching students to compare and order numbers based on place value is crucial in reinforcing the concept of magnitude. By understanding that the value of a digit changes depending on its position, students can learn to determine which of two numbers is larger or smaller. Activities that involve sorting numbers or placing them in ascending or descending order can be very effective in solidifying this understanding. 

Here are some fun compare-and-order number games to get started:

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  • Exploring Other Bases: A fascinating strategy to teach place value is by exploring number systems with bases other than 10, such as base-5 or base-8. This approach enriches students’ understanding of place value in our familiar decimal ( base-10 ) system and broadens their mathematical perspective. Discussing how numbers are represented in these different systems can deepen students’ comprehension of place value, showing them that the concept is universal, not just limited to the base-10 system.
  • Applying to Real-Life Situations: To reinforce how to teach place value, use real-life examples that students encounter daily. Money is a great tool for this, where dollars and cents can represent whole numbers and parts of a hundred. Measurements, like meters and centimeters , also offer practical applications of place value, making the concept more relatable and easier to grasp.
  • Adding and Subtracting with Regrouping: One of the core strategies to teach place value involves demonstrating how it’s used in addition and subtraction, especially with regrouping . Show students how breaking down numbers into their place values can simplify these operations. For example, when adding numbers that result in a sum exceeding ten, explain how and why we carry over to the next place value, reinforcing the concept of tens and ones.

Regrouping can be a challenging topic for kids to grasp, start playing these games to understand how place value works for subtraction and addition:

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  • Multiplication and Division Concepts: Introduce multiplication and division by highlighting the role of place value. Explain how multiplying a number by 10 shifts its digits one place to the left, making it ten times larger, and how division by 10 does the opposite. 

Play these math games to introduce multiplication and division by highlighting the role of place value:

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  • Rounding and Estimation: Teach students to round numbers to the nearest ten, hundred, and so on using their knowledge of place value. This skill is essential for estimating answers quickly and efficiently, helping them to make educated guesses in everyday situations.

Here are some fun rounding and estimation games that you can get started with:

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  • Decimal Numbers: Expand students’ understanding of place value to include decimals. Explain how decimals use place value to represent parts of a whole, with tenths, hundredths, and thousandths, making the concept of fractions more tangible and understandable.

Start with these decimal place value games that will help you in understanding of place value to include decimals:

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  • Word Problems: Use word problems to apply place value knowledge in various contexts. This approach helps students see the practical use of what they’ve learned, making math more relevant.
  • Critical Thinking: Challenge students with puzzles and complex problems that require them to use their place value understanding. These activities encourage deeper thinking and problem-solving skills, reinforcing their mathematical knowledge.

5 Hands-On Ways to Teach Place to Kids

1. online place value games.

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Enhance the learning experience with interactive place value online games . These digital activities are designed to make teaching and understanding place value enjoyable and accessible. Students can practice and reinforce their place value skills through these games while having fun.

2. Place Value Worksheets (Printable Worksheets)

Utilize printable worksheets designed for different skill levels. These worksheets include exercises for identifying place values, composing and decomposing numbers, and comparing numbers based on place value.

Use these printable place value worksheets in your class for free:

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3. Base-10 Block Building

Base-10 block building is a hands-on way that uses physical manipulatives to help students understand the concept.

Materials Required: You’ll need base-10 blocks, which typically include units (ones), rods (tens), flats (hundreds), and cubes (thousands).

How to Do It:

  • Start with a number, such as 427.
  • Using the base-10 blocks, represent the number by stacking the appropriate units, rods, flats, and cubes. For 427, it would be 4 flats, 2 rods, and 7 units.
  • Have students practice creating different numbers and explaining the value of each digit based on its position.

4. Place Value Bingo

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Place Value Bingo is a fun game to reinforce place value understanding through play.

Materials Required: Bingo cards with numbers, place value markers (e.g., counters or small objects), and a caller to announce numbers.

  • Create Bingo cards with numbers that have various place value representations, like 34, 205, or 1,468.
  • Each player receives a Bingo card and some markers.
  • The caller announces a number (e.g., “Three hundred twenty-one”).
  • Players place a marker on the corresponding number on their Bingo card if they have it.
  • The first player to get a row, column, or diagonal of markers shouts “Bingo!” and wins the game.

5. Place Value Charts

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Place value charts are visual aids that represent the positions and values of digits within numbers.

Materials Required: Place value charts (can be printed or drawn), markers, and numbers to display.

  • Use a place value chart to visually represent numbers. For example, write the number 638 on the chart.
  • Label each position (ones, tens, hundreds) and place the digits accordingly.
  • Explain the value of each digit based on its position. In this case, the “6” is in the hundreds place and represents 600.

Teaching place value is a fundamental step in building strong math skills. By using practical strategies and engaging activities, we can help children understand the world of numbers, making math more approachable and enjoyable for them. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do you explain place value to a child.

To explain place value to a child, start by showing them that each digit in a number has a special spot that gives it a value. Use simple examples like counting blocks to help them see how numbers work.

How do you introduce a place value lesson?

When introducing a place value lesson, begin by discussing the idea that numbers are made up of different parts. Use props like colored beads or drawings to represent ones, tens, and hundreds, making it hands-on and interactive.

How to teach place value in first class?

To teach place value in first grade , start with small numbers and simple examples. Use visuals like place value charts and base-10 blocks to show how numbers are built. Keep the lessons short and engaging to hold young students’ attention.

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Place value lesson planning and problems for years 1 to 6

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Place value is an elementary part of Maths . It is important that children understand that whilst a digit can be the same, its value depends on where it is in the number.

This article will discuss a variety of topics and provide handy links to teaching resources for place value. We have lots covered in our handy links:    place value for year 1   and 2,   place value activities and lesson plans for year 3 , years 4 and 5   place value worksheets , and   year 6 place value worksheets and lessons . Read on to find out more!

What does a place value lesson involve?

Teaching place value can be straightforward with the right plan in place: At its core, it is about understanding the value of each digit in a number: the 6 in 360 represents 6 tens, or 60; however, the 6 in 6,006 represents 6 thousand, or 6,000, and so on.

Above a number, you can label the value of each digit. Often these will just appear with letters on them to represent each position: Millions, Hundred Thousands, Ten Thousand, Thousands, Hundreds, Tens, Ones, tenths, hundredths, and so on. 

On Pango, you can find more place value tables, or grid, and activities   here . With the exception of those who have specific learning challenges, like dyscalculia, it takes very little at all to make your own table and then you can physically manipulate the numbers to show their place value. This makes a real difference when working with children.

Planning a great place value lesson

This section will concentrate on what a good place value lesson involves. 

A good lesson should be one where, in the end, students will be able to visualise the place value of ones, tens, and hundreds. They can do this using manipulatives or physical objects.

Activities can provide students opportunities to transfer concrete information to more abstract practice using digits without physical place value representations.

These examples may illuminate place value with greater clarity. First, that if students understand that the three digits of a three-digit number represent amounts of hundreds, tens, and ones; e.g., 706 equals 7 hundreds, 0 tens, and 6 ones then, secondly, 100 can be thought of as a bundle of ten tens — called a 'hundred.'

You may want to read and write numbers to 1000 using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form.

Alternatively, you may want to start with an anchor chart that looks a bit like   this . This may suit more advanced students.

This anchor chart helps students understand and remember four ways to represent numbers and place values with an anchor chart. Making the chart into something visual like a robot definitely adds a little something to the engagement.

You may also want to use a storybook to explain place value — a fun and entertaining place value book that captures kids’ imagination while helping them understand how place value works and why it matters. There are plenty of options out there, but here are a few favourites.

  • Zero the Hero , Joan Holub/Tom Lichtenheld
  • Sir Cumference and All the King’s Tens , Cindy Neuschwander/Wayne Geehan
  • Place Value , David A. Adler/Edward Miller

Setting objectives

Any lesson plan should announce explicitly what students will take away by the end of the lesson. You might want to say this out loud to your students too. After a place value lesson, students should be able to:

  • recognise the value of a digit based on its location within a number
  • create, read, and write numbers up to 1,000
  • create numbers by putting digits in places with specific values

Keep it simple

The concept of place value, while not an especially hard one compared to others in mathematics, should be simplified where necessary for students to understand. ‘What does a place value lesson involve?’ has already explained this in some detail.

In addition to labelling each digit with hundredths, tens and so on, you may ask students to demonstrate their understanding of place value by showing one number in a variety of ways, using an activity sheet and physical objects that look a bit like   this   provided by   WeareTeachers .

Keep it relevant

Place value will be relevant to the students’ lives on a day to day basis — teachers could invent a little amusing anecdote about someone entering £392 or $392 rather than 3.92 when sending money on a phone app because they did not know what the important decimal point signified, or they simply missed it out.

Assessments

When a young student understands place value, they are usually able to round numbers to a specific place. The key is understanding that rounding numbers are essentially the same as rounding digits. The general rule is that if a digit is five or greater, you round up. If a digit is four or less, you round down.

This is important because only by understanding place value can students move onto more areas in maths that are intrinsically more difficult.

Place value activities and problems for year 1 

There are some great   place value activities and problems for year 1   on Pango including this place value game f rom Buzzard Publishing to bring some fun to your maths lessons.

Place value activities and problems for year 2 

Pango is packed full of Place value activities and problems for year 2 . We particularly like this place value charts powerpoint and worksheet from Teacher of Primary.

Place value activities and problems for year 3 

For teaching year 3 place value, you can find a library containing hundreds of place value resources here . For example, this lesson contains a powerpoint and activities, all focused on comparing and ordering numbers up to 1000 .  

Place value activities and problems for year 4 

For Years 3 - 6, place value games are a great way to consolidate knowledge and understanding of place value. Additionally, there are plenty of high-quality place value year 4 resources   here.

Place value activities and problems for year 5

For year 5, this library of place value resources brings together lessons and activities from White Rose, Teacher of Primary, Buzzard Publishing and more! For example, this place value lesson contains a ready-to-go powerpoint and worksheets that your class will love and are curriculum-aligned. 

Place value activities and problems for year 6 

For year 6 place value , games are perfect for consolidating all the place value learning throughout Primary school. For example, we love this 'Make 100' game that will keep all your pupils engaged. 

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As children develop an understanding of numbers and how quantities change, they begin to gain foundations for place value. Developing an understanding of place value in the early years helps them gain problem-solving skills and deep mathematical knowledge. In this fun family math game, children will explore place value by putting together and breaking down numbers into “tens” and “ones.”

A sheet of paper divided in two columns with the headings "tens" and "ones" with beads, pipe cleaners, pieces of string and a marker on top of it.

First, let’s review two key terms: “digits” and “place value.” A digit is a single numerical symbol, from zero to 9, used to make numerals (or numbers). For example, the numeral 15 is made up of two digits (“1” and “5”). Place value is the value represented by a digit based on its position in a numeral. For example, in numeral 15, 1 is in the “tens” place, which means it represents 10 units and 5 is in the “ones” place, which means it represents five units. This concept can be particularly difficult for young children to understand since they see the world in concrete terms.

Learning Goals

  • Understand that numbers are symbols and represent real things
  • Use objects to compose and decompose numbers into "tens" and "ones"
  • Record each composition or decomposition by a drawing or equation (e.g. 10 + 5 = 15)
  • Practice recognizing numbers, counting and one-to-one correspondence

A sheet of paper divided in two columns with the headings "tens" and "ones" with beads, pipe cleaners, pieces of string and a marker on top of it.

  • Place value chart (you can draw your own place value chart on a piece of paper; simply divide the paper into two columns and write “tens” on the left column and “ones” on the right column)
  • One die (here’s a video on how to make one out of paper)
  • Pipe cleaners (or straws, string, etc.)
  • Beads or another item that can be strung onto the pipe cleaners (e.g., cereal loops)
  • Paper and pencil

Step-by-Step Instructions

  • Review the features of the die with your child and explain what number each side of the die represents.
  • Roll the die and bring that many beads into the “ones” column.
  • If the “ones” column reaches 10 or more beads, group the beads into a set of 10 by stringing 10 beads onto a pipe cleaner. Now place the pipe cleaner with the 10 beads in the “tens” column.
  • After each roll, count the number of objects in the “tens” and “ones” columns and write or draw the number equation on a piece of paper (e.g., 1 in the “tens” column is 10 and 2 in the “ones” column is 2, 10 + 2=12).
  • Continue rolling the die and writing out the equation. The goal of the game is to reach the number 20.

Keep the Conversation Going

  • As you play the game, ask your child questions that prompt math understanding (e.g., “ How many beads do you have? How many more do you need to make a group of 10? Can you tell me how you know that?). 
  • You can also use the place value chart to demonstrate numbers 11-19 are composed of 10  ones and one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, or nine ones.

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This resource is the last section of a six part resource supporting number knowledge. Use this resource in conjunction with the other resources in this series in order to support a connected network of critical mathematical concepts, skills and understanding.

Supporting tasks

Full instructions on how to use each of these tasks, including materials, related tasks and learning intentions are included in the resource, available for download on this page.

Renaming numbers

One of the most important skills we can support students to develop to support their place value understanding is the capacity to confidently rename numbers in a range of ways.

Task 1: Capture 10

Students watch the video ‘Capture 10’ to learn how to play

Task 2: Ice cream sticks 1

Students watch ice cream sticks 1 – Quantifying Collections and learn how to play.

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To promote place value understanding, students should be encouraged to describe teen numbers such as 14 as 1 ten and 4 ones, flexibly naming numbers in different ways.

Task 3: Minute to win it

Students watch Minute to win it to learn how to play.

Variation 1: Different dice can be used to increase the size of the collection for example, 10, 12 or 20 sided dice

Variation 2: Use ice cream sticks to explore using different structures such as tally marks or bundles or 10

Task 4: Counting with understanding – up to 100

Students watch Counting with understanding up to 100 to learn how to play.

Task 5: 101 and you’re out

Students watch ‘101 and you’re out’ to learn how to play.

Variation 1: Increase the challenge by using numbers from 0-9. You can also use playing cards, make cards or make a spinner.

Variation 2: Roll the dice 4 times and only use four lines on the game board.

Whether we move up or down when rounding is determined by which landmark is closest in value. This is why having strong, transferable knowledge in relationships to other whole numbers is a critical focus of early years learning.

When a number is a multiple of 5, we round up to the nearest decade or hundred as 5 marks the midpoint between two decades.

Task 6: Hit it!

Students watch ‘Hit it!’ to learn how to play.

Task 7: Our place value system

Students watch ‘Our place value system ’ to learn how to play.

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  • Number And Place Value Worksheets And Resources For Ks1 Maths

Best Number and Place Value Worksheets and Resources for KS1 Maths

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Give your Year 1s a firm foundation in basic maths with these activities, ideas and lessons for number place value…

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Place value worksheets for KS1

These free PDF place value worksheets for KS1 from White Rose Maths help to support children’s learning. There’s a five-page worksheet to support concrete learning with straws, Base 10 and counters and a one-page worksheet that will help children understand the place value of two-digit numbers. 

1 | Video ideas for teaching place value

Help your KS1 and 2 students get to grips with place value, whether it’s whole or decimals numbers, addition or multiplication, with these six video tips and activities.

Find all six videos here.

2 | Number and place value plan

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This Hamilton Trust resource includes a plan and resources for the first week of the autumn term for Year 1 or Year 2 maths. It covers:

Y1 – Numbers up to 20

  • Recite, count, order on a track
  • Say number before/after
  • Make and partition ‘teens’

Y2 – Numbers up to 100

  • Mark on a beaded line and landmarked line
  • Order and compare
  • Say a number between neighbouring multiples of 10
  • Use place value to add and subtract
  • Mental addition using partitioning

Download all this here.

3 | Starting number skills

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This STEM.org book, aimed at children working between National Curriculum levels one to three, provides 40 activities designed to develop number skills.

Each activity contains instructions for the teacher, children’s worksheets, and ideas for extension.

Get this resource here.

Place value units of work

These activity sheets have been created to match the small steps on the White Rose maths schemes of work.

The questions include varied fluency with reasoning with problem solving, and an additional sheet with extension activities.

Children are given a variety of pictorial examples to work with and questions to provoke deeper thinking.

Place value within 50 block of work

1 | numbers to 50.

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Objective: Children will recognise numbers to 50 and count objects to 50, as well as develop their use of the number line beyond 20 and up to 50 and be able to count forwards or backwards from any number up to 50.

Get this unit here.

2 | Tens and ones

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Objective: Children will learn that numbers up to 50 are made up of tens and ones through simple partitioning.

3 | Represent numbers to 50

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Objective: Children will explore different ways to represent numbers to 50, using objects such as counters and Base 10 equipment, and mathematical models such as the part-whole model.

4 | One more, one less

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Objective: Children identify numbers to 50 and find one more or one less.

5 | Compare objects within 50

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Objective: Children will compare different numbers of objects to 50 using the less than (<) and more than (>) signs.

6 | Compare numbers within 50

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Objective: Children will identify whether a number is more than, less than or equal to another when given two or more numbers, within 50, and they will write statements using the < and > signs.

7 | Order numbers within 50

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Objective: Children will order and compare three or more sets of objects or numbers below 50.

8 | Count in 2s

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Objective: Children will explore counting forwards and backwards in 2s.

9 | Count in 5s

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Objective: Children will explore counting forwards and backwards in 5s.

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Paul Skenes makes MLB debut: Four things to know as Pirates' flame-throwing phenom strikes out seven vs. Cubs

Skenes' debut was the most anticipated for any pitcher since stephen strasburg 14 years ago.

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The Paul Skenes era has begun in Pittsburgh. Skenes, the No. 1 pick in the 2023 draft, made his MLB debut on Saturday afternoon for the Pittsburgh Pirates , and held the NL Central rival Chicago Cubs to three runs in four innings in front of an energetic PNC Park crowd ( PIT 10, CHC 9 ). He struck out seven and threw 84 pitches in his four innings plus two batters. 

"I'm excited he's here," Pirates manager Derek Shelton said prior to Saturday's game ( via MLB.com ). "He deserves it. He's proven that he needed to be in the big leagues."

Skenes exited with runners on first and second and no outs in the fifth inning and reliever Kyle Nicolas allowed both inherited runners to score. Nicolas lost the plate and walked in both inherited runners (it was the start of a wild inning in which t he Pirates issued six(!) bases-loaded walks to the Cubs ), which are charged to Skenes and put a bit of a damper on what was an otherwise impressive debut. Here's his line:

Mike Tauchman was the first batter Skenes faced as a big leaguer and also the first batter Skenes struck out as a big leaguer. He blew a 100.9 mph fastball by Tauchman for strike three to begin his afternoon. Skenes also struck out Seiya Suzuki , the second batter he faced. Can't start a career much better than that.

Here are all seven strikeouts:

Skenes' debut was the most anticipated MLB debut for a pitcher since Stephen Strasburg in 2010. Strasburg, himself a former No. 1 pick, struck out 14 Pirates in his debut. In a cool little bit of symmetry, Pittsburgh's leadoff hitter that day was Andrew McCutchen . McCutchen was also Pittsburgh's leadoff hitter for Skenes' debut Saturday. 

Joey Votto had this to say about Skenes:

Watching Skenes reminds me of facing Strasburg after his call-up. I took a fastball in my first at-bat, looked up, and saw ‘100’ on the board. I thought, ‘Uh oh.’ The next pitch? The best curveball I’d ever seen—gulp. Same could be said about the changeup later, I was like, 😕.… — Joey Votto (@JoeyVotto) May 11, 2024

Lefty masher Connor Joe slugged a three-run home run off Cubs ace Justin Steele , which gave Skenes at least a chance to pick up the win in his debut. Oneil Cruz followed with a homer to make it back-to-back jacks. It was only the fifth left-on-left homer of Cruz's career. That's the formula for the Pirates right there -- Skenes striking guys out and Cruz hitting dingers.

Skenes, 22 later this month, pitched to a 0.99 ERA with 45 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings in Triple-A before being called up.  Our R.J. Anderson ranked Skenes as the best pitching prospect in baseball entering the season , and the 10th-best prospect overall. Here's his write-up:

Skenes went No. 1 in July's draft on the basis of his power arsenal and his proximity to the majors. His fastball clocked in around 98 mph during a late-season appearance in the Florida State League, and his slider has proven to be an effective chase offering. Turns out he didn't strike out nearly 48% of the batters he faced during SEC play by accident. Even so, Skenes was more polarizing in scouting circles than the above information indicates. His fastball's shape has "dead zone" properties, a fancy way of saying it's easier to track because of a similar amount of vertical and horizontal movement. That blemish won't keep Skenes from having a big-league career -- Nathan Eovaldi and Hunter Greene both have "dead zone" fastballs -- but it may cause his fastball to be less effective than it should be based on pure velocity.

Pirates GM Ben Cherington said the Pirates will stick with a six-man rotation for the time being -- Bailey Falter , Jared Jones , Mitch Keller , Martín Pérez , and Quinn Priester are the other five rotation members -- which lines Skenes up to make his next start next Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field. He'll face the Cubs in each of his first two MLB starts. Here now is what you need to know about Skenes following his MLB debut.

1. MLB has a new velocity king

As expected, Skenes brought the heat in his MLB debut. His four-seam fastball averaged -- averaged -- 99.9 mph in Triple-A this season. His first pitch as a big leaguer: 101.0 mph. All told, Skenes threw 17 pitches at 100 mph or better Saturday, including six at 101 mph or better, and his fastball averaged 100.1 mph. 

That 100.1 mph average fastball is the highest by a pitcher in a game this year by half-a-mile an hour. It is the sixth highest average fastball velocity in a single game since Statcast launched in 2015 (min. 40 fastballs):

  • Hunter Greene: 101.0 mph (Sept. 17, 2022)
  • Hunter Greene: 100.5 mph (July 26, 2022)
  • Jacob deGrom : 100.4 mph (June 5, 2021)
  • Hunter Greene: 100.4 mph (March 20, 2023)
  • Hunter Greene: 100.2 mph (April 16, 2022)
  • Paul Skenes: 100.1 mph (May 11, 2024)

Skenes generated four misses on 15 swings against his fastball, a 27% whiff rate that is north of the 21.9% league average. It is a tiny sample size, of course. Still, the movement profile on Skenes' fastball is not great, so it bears watching how many bats it misses at the big league level moving forward.

2. The new sinker is legit

The Pirates selected Skenes with the No. 1 pick for his devastating fastball/slider combination and above-average control, and he certainly leaned on those two pitches Saturday. He threw 33 four-seamers and 23 sliders among his 84 pitches, so that's almost exactly two-thirds of his total pitches. That's a pretty typical usage rate for Skenes.

Skenes also added a new sinker this season that Statcast classifies as a splitter because it moves so much at a high velocity. It is a sinker though -- "It's a sinker, but call it whatever you want,"  Skenes told our Matt Snyder  -- and he used it plenty Saturday. Twenty-one of his 84 pitches were sinkers and the Cubs missed with seven of their 12 swings. That 58% whiff rate is astronomical.

All told, Skenes generated 14 misses on 40 swings in his MLB debut for a healthy 35% whiff rate. He also got a swing and miss or a called strike on 33% of his pitches, which is a strong rate. Whatever you want to call it, sinker or splitter, it is clearly a real weapon for Skenes, and something he'll lean on plenty moving forward.

3. The Pirates let Skenes extend his pitch count

Skenes threw 84 pitches in his four innings Saturday and that is a new season high for him. He topped out at six innings and 75 pitches during his extremely careful build up in Triple-A. Skenes started the fifth inning at 74 pitches, so the Pirates pushed him into uncharted pitch count territory to give him a chance to pick up his first MLB win.

Alas and alack, a double and an infield single ended Skenes' afternoon, and he did not qualify for the win. The Pirates have handled him very carefully this season, perhaps excessively so, so Skenes was not given a chance to push through the fifth inning despite a seemingly comfortable 6-1 lead. In the grand scheme of things, 84 was the most important number Saturday. Skenes built up his pitch count a little further in his big league debut.

4. Skenes handled adversity well

The Cubs had their best chance to break through against Skenes in the second inning, when they loaded a bases with one out on a hit by pitch ( Nico Hoerner ), a walk ( Michael Busch ), and a single ( Miles Mastrobuoni ). Skenes escaped by striking out Yan Gomes and getting Tauchman to ground out to second. It was the bullpen that made a mess of things in the fifth inning.

This is notable because Skenes did not face a single bases loaded situation in the minors, either this year or last year. The second inning Saturday was his first bases loaded situation since he was at LSU last spring. That's part of being a big leaguer: learning how to get out of jams. Top pitching prospects are so overwhelming these days that they can rarely run into trouble in the minors.

Dominating is great, we all want to see our team's best young pitchers mow through opposing hitters, but navigating jams is part of the job too. Even the best pitchers get hit around now and then. Learning how to escape trouble and limit the damage is a crucial development step. Skenes' final pitching line is a bit deceptive because Nicolas and the bullpen let things get out of hand. Skenes did well in his first real test Saturday.

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