Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Becky and Bart Build with Blocks-An Introduction to Base Ten Blocks - Section 4: Independent Practice and Informal Assessment


Again, this is a lesson that seems so basic, but it is so important for building a conceptual understanding of the concept of place value.  In the Common Core Standards, students are expected to decompose numbers from 11-10 into tens and ones. 

Base Ten blocks are a wonderful tool for the students to learn about this concept, but they need to learn what they represent, a well as how to work with them.  The practice using the snap cube rods was essential to developing the understanding of what a Base Ten Rod represents. Today's lesson connects these tools conceptually, and teaches students how to use a mathematical tool (Base Ten Blocks) with understanding so students can build the concept.  It is important to remember that students do not automatically know how to use such tools.  They need explicit instruction.

  Bart and Becky Build with Blocks
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Bart and Becky Build with Blocks
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Becky and Bart Build with Blocks-An Introduction to Base Ten Blocks

Unit 4: Working with Numbers 11-20
Lesson 3 of 17

Objective: Students will be able to represent a number using base ten blocks.

Big Idea: Understanding place value is a key concept in the Common Core Standards. This lesson is an introduction to place value through the use of Base Ten blocks.

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Math, Place Value, Critical Area, counting, base 10, Numbers
  45 minutes
becky and bart
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