Math Project-Based Learning: Place Value, Rounding, Comparing | 4th Grade Math


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This 5-day project-based math resource applies math concepts in a real-world scenario to teach students about place value. In this 5-day unit, students will use place value concepts such as rounding and comparing numbers to plan a road trip. This math project is engaging and authentic. Plus, it’s available as both a digital and print resource.


This project-based math resource covers concepts of rounding and place value, and is aligned with the following 4th Grade Math Common Core State Standards:


Recognize that in a multi-digit whole number, a digit in one place represents ten times what it represents in the place to its right. For example, recognize that 700 √∑ 70 = 10 by applying concepts of place value and division.

Read and write multi-digit whole numbers using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form. Compare two multi-digit numbers based on meanings of the digits in each place, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons.

Use place value understanding to round multi-digit whole numbers to any place.


This resource is available in both Printable & Digital Google Slides versions.


What’s included in this resource:

  • Background Knowledge: Using a KWL, students will build background knowledge around planning a road trip.
  • Place Value Concepts: Using the included instructional pages, students will learn about place value concepts.
  • Make an Itinerary: Using place value concepts, students will plan out two possible routes and record the distance of each leg of the trip.
  • Round Numbers: Using the included instructional pages, students will learn how to round numbers to any place value.
  • Estimate Distances: Using rounding concepts, students will estimate the distances of their road trip routes.
  • Compare Numbers: Using the included instructional pages, students will learn how to compare numbers.
  • Compare Routes: Using place value concepts, students will compare their two routes to determine the shortest route.
  • Finalize Routes: Using place value concepts, students will finalize their road trip route based on the shortest possible route.
  • Take a Detour: Using place value concepts, students will make a change to their road trip to navigate around a detour on the road.
  • Send a Postcard: Students will create a postcard to tell a friend about their trip.
  • Wrap Up: Students will write up their final road trip plan and explain their decisions.



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