Reflection: Relevance Oh Baloney! Incorporating Large Numbers into Tall Tales - Section 2: The Hook


My students were amazed that the stadiums by us do not hold 300,000 people. They looked up several across the country. When I asked them what the usual or average size was, they answered correctly. This tells me that their minds are ready to think about averages when the time comes.

Students were surprised at how large Chicago is in comparison to Milwaukee. They expected that Milwaukee was much larger than it is. 

We have just passed September 11 and when I mentioned that the amount of people killed in 9/11 was the same population of our town... they gasped! Suddenly a large number and size really connected. You get this result when students connect math to themselves. The more I do it, the quicker the concepts come and the chances of them remembering are greater.

Their number reading is coming along now at this point. I need to work with only about two of my students. I found that confidence levels from the activity yesterday will bleed into today and will be more comfortable.

I am thinking it is almost time to give them a formal quiz on writing and reading numbers.


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Oh Baloney! Incorporating Large Numbers into Tall Tales

Unit 11: Place Value
Lesson 3 of 14

Objective: SWBAT incorporate multi-digit numbers into their creative writing.

Big Idea: Students write and read aloud an exaggerated story using multi-digit numbers up to 1,000,000.

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Math, Number Sense and Operations, Place Value, writing across the curriculum, multi
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