Summer 2018


Capstone Project

Degree Name



Susan Manikowski

Content Expert

Diane Bacon


Conceptual Place Value (CPV) is the ability to flexibly increment (add) and decrement (subtract) numbers mentally (Wright, Ellemor-Collins, & Tabor, 2012). Within this project I analyze how to improve math achievement for upper elementary students who struggle with CPV concepts. Using Piaget, Vygotsky, and Erikson developmental theories I examine the educational needs of the students within upper elementary school grades. In addition, I investigate how mathematical understanding start and grow throughout a child’s development. Using this research, I developed Conceptual Place Value intervention curriculum for upper elementary students. This project consists of 15 lessons for each of the eight different CPV levels of understandings. Lesson plans were created using Understanding by design (UbD) template and are designed be taught using small group instruction. Each lesson contains an objective, list of materials, a Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) word problem for an opening, a main lesson and a closing. Additionally, assessment cards are developed to assess students’ mastery of each level.

Project Type



Curriculum, Mathematics

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