I read a great book this summer that inspired me to explore new routines during Math class. I introduced one of them to the students on Wednesday and it went really well.
Here’s a example of what we did together, using an easier number. After modelling this to the whole class, I asked the students to show me 3 different ways to represent the number you see on the picture below. As some still had difficulty using method #1, I encourage you to practice this at home as well. Those who need support will also benefit from using a chart like this to ensure they understand the value of each digit.
In Grade 4, the students are expected to work with numbers up to 10 000. I usually go up to 99 999 as I like to encourage them to get out of their comfort zone.
In Grade 5, the students are expected to work with numbers up to 1 000 000. Just like with the Grade 4 students, I use numbers up to 9 999 999.
When I work with two different grades, I never do separate lessons. We look at a concept together so that those who need additional support or a challenge can benefit from looking at easier or more difficult numbers.
I really enjoyed this exercise because it is open ended and it allows students with different ability levels to explore numbers their own way.
I hope this helps some of you who are looking for ways to support your child at home.
Have a great day,
P.S. Can you spot the mistake I made? If so, don’t tell your child as we’ll try to find it together in class this morning. 🙂