# DMG Blog

## Base-Ten mat a must in first and second grade

31 August, 2013

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.

## New Products now available

29 June, 2012

Debra and I have added three new place and value boards to our collection.

The first mat builds the understanding of  hundreds, tens and ones. This two-sided dry erase mat can be used with our small ten frame pieces found on the CD in the Number Concept Activity Book or base-ten blocks.  This helps the child make the connection with the words, symbol and quantity of numbers in the hundreds.

The second mat builds the understanding of hundredths, tenths and whole numbers.  This mat can stand alone or be combined with the first mat to show how our base-ten system is built.  The two-sided mat has decimals on one side and fractional representation on the other.

The third mat builds the understanding of thousandths, hundredths, tenths and whole numbers.  Again this mat can stand alone or be combined with the first mat to build the understanding of our base-ten system.  The two-sided mat has decimal on one side and fractional representation on the other.

The new Common Core practices require students and teachers to use appropriate materials for students to learn different concepts.  We believe these mats would make a great addition to the classroom.  They help students connect words, symbols and quantity.