The kids were reading ten digits numbers today as part of their studies of expanded notation.
We made a simple table on the floor with the titles, ones, tens, hundreds, right up to millions. Blank, laminated sheets were given to ten students who were asked to write a random number between zero and nine. They then placed their cards in a spot of their choosing.
I explained to the kids that large numbers are read in small "fun sized chocolate" chunks - you can't read (have) all of it, you have to get through the goodness one "fun sized" step at a time.
After explaining that the chunks are in groups of threes, I raised the positions of the titles, billion, million, and thousand. This prompted the kids to say that title after reading the chunks of three.
Everyone was engaged in this as a whole class activity. Students who couldn't read numbers this large on Monday were participating in front of the class and gasping when peers would stumble or make an error. The attached picture is panoramic. So no, the table wasn't curved that way. It was just really long and wouldn't all fit in a single shot. All the kids did really well considering we took the traditional table, raised a few titles as prompts and referred to chocolate. ;)
We apologise for the video's sound and angle. It was filmed quickly on an iPhone 5.
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