Debra and I just produced a base-10 mat which will help your students build a foundation for place and value. On one side there are ten frames for grouping activities using base-10 units. The student can then connect the quantity to the symbols and finally write the words. We have the words written at the bottom of the mat to support the student.
The other side of the mat has places for the student to build different numbers using tens and ones. Then connect the quantity to symbol.
We are very excited that this mat will build the understanding of place and value for students.
If the teacher wants to work in hundreds or thousands, we suggest that additional squares be added onto the mat.
Knowing about our base-10 system is essential. Building the foundation with visual models is crucial.