## Reflection: Adjustments to Practice How Much IS a Million? Gaining confidence and fluency in reading numbers to one million. - Section 1: The Hook

I had first started this lesson with just reading the book and then I stumbled across the video. What a difference it made in their engagement for this lesson. They came away awed and ready to read large numbers.

While students aren't really learning to read numbers above one million to master the standard, I think it sets a mental stage for conceiving something much larger than the thousands place value mastered in third grade. I am hoping that it also motivates higher level students to delve into learning to read larger numbers. I like the video because it is a gentle movie that sets a tone that perhaps softens fear of reading larger numbers for timid learners.

I set the book out for them to read afterward during silent read and it was passed around because there is a section in the back that explains how they figured it all out and my high end students wanted to read all about it.

This helps set up a  platform for  the next lesson, when we use writing multi-digit numbers in word form in a short writing piece to assess their learning and ability to read and write numbers up to a million.

The magic of a movie...rather than just using the book.
Adjustments to Practice: The magic of a movie...rather than just using the book.

# How Much IS a Million? Gaining confidence and fluency in reading numbers to one million.

Unit 11: Place Value
Lesson 1 of 14

## Big Idea: Imagining a million of something is a tough thing to do! Reading numbers up to one million is tough too, but becomes easier as students are introduced to the concept by a wonderful movie/book as they gain strength to master the standard.

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Math, Place Value, Number Sense and Operations, Literature Connection, reading numbers
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### Mary Ellen Kanthack

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