I visited place value in math last week again. We began the week before, but I just don't think my kids "got it." Do you know what I mean? I just don't want to move on until they truly understand (what's the point?) Since we were working with folktales, fairy tales, and fables in reading, I thought I would try to branch this out into math. Introducing Place Value Bears:
I came up with a story that closely resembles Goldilocks and the Three Bears, except a turkey is the main character, and the Three Bears represent the ones, tens, and hundreds. The turkey is hiding from hunters, and runs into the cabin for safety. He sees a bowl with ONE kernel of corn, TEN kernels of corn, and a HUNDRED kernels of corn. Of course he chooses Daddy Hundred's bowl to eat. Same idea with a pillow. We even made a Venn Diagram to compare this story with the original Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
Then we made these:
The kids colored their own copy of the story and put them into their math notebooks for reference:
They also sorted numbers onto these: