Overecoming Challenges through Correcting and Games

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SWBAT correct errors on a place value assessment and work to solidify place value skills through playing games.

Big Idea

In this lesson, students self reflect on errors and work to fix mistakes on an assessment. Then studentspractice place value skills through three different games.

Number Hook

5 minutes

As students enter the room, I play this fun place value song.  


When I use songs and videos, my students energy and enthusiasm automatically increases.  I use them often to engage my students. 

This video is a great place value review and reinforces place value vocabulary. 

Concept development

45 minutes

To begin this lesson, students and I correct their quizzes from the previous day's lesson.

I don't want to spend a lengthy amount of time on corrections, but I also want students to have an opportunity to LEARN from their mistakes!  I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard the phrase, "Ohhhhhhh, now I get it."  In the past, I have let students correct mistakes on their own and then re-turn in the assessment or assignment for full credit but, for this quiz, I had too many students that needed re-teaching and misconceptions addressed, I chose to go over the answers together with all students. 

After going over the assessment,  students rotate with their learning partner through the following games:

Station 1- Correct Commas

Station 2 - Show what you know at the whiteboard

Station 3 - Number Name Match

Students practice multiplying and dividing whole numbers by 10, adding commas to numbers in order to read and write correctly, and work on naming a number with tens, hundreds and thousands. Students rotate through three stations.

The games: 

Correct Commas -     

To play this game, I display numbers on the board.  With their learning partners, students write the numbers correctly with commas on a personal whiteboard.  Then they read the number aloud to their partner.  As I roam around the room, I ask students in this group to also write the number in word form and expanded form. 



While most students did alright with expanded form on the previous day's assessment, many students still need practice writing numbers in word from as well as naming large numbers.  This game is simple, yet provides this practice. You can hear a student reading large numbers in this video. 


Show What You Know -

This game is also played on a personal white board with play cards. Students do not play with the jacks, queens, kings, or tens.  Students take turns drawing three cards and making a three digit number.  Then they add a zero to the end to make a four digit number. They can arrange the cards any way they would like.  Then they show how to multiply that number by 10 using their whiteboards and a place value chart.  I like the students to use a place value chart because it helps show what is happening to the digits as they multiply by 10.  The place value chart helps build their conceptual understanding rather than just telling them a trick of adding another zero.



You can watch a student playing this game in the video below. Notice how she wrestles with naming numbers and is not confident in her abilities. She is definitely benefiting from extra practice. 



This students is also playing Show What You Know. 


Number Name Match -

 In this game, I pre-made cards with different forms of numbers. For example 50 hundreds = 5,000 = five thousands = 500 x 10   Students work as a group to match as many cards as they can.  


Listen in as this group of students work together to make matches. 



 As students work with games, I circulate around the room and help if necessary. I ask questions to deepen students understanding and give opportunities for students to explain their thinking. I work to clear up any misunderstandings.