A Regrouping Math Story Unit (Dragon Eggs)

A Regrouping Math Story Unit (Dragon Eggs)
A Regrouping Math Story Unit (Dragon Eggs)
A Regrouping Math Story Unit (Dragon Eggs)
A Regrouping Math Story Unit (Dragon Eggs)
A Regrouping Math Story Unit (Dragon Eggs)
A Regrouping Math Story Unit (Dragon Eggs)
A Regrouping Math Story Unit (Dragon Eggs)
A Regrouping Math Story Unit (Dragon Eggs)
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22 MB|52 pages
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If your students are confused about regrouping, this unique way to teach these concepts is just what you need. This dragon themed unit explains how to use pinto beans and Zip Lock bags to show your students, in concrete terms, just what is happening when they carry and borrow. And what about that dreaded process of borrowing across zeroes? This method will make it a snap. Be sure to check out the preview to see the three sections of this resource: story with teaching sheets, beans method for teaching regrouping, and practice sheets.

The unit covers common core standards in 2nd, 3rd, 4th grade math:


2nd Grade:

3rd Grade

4th Grade


This unit includes:

Table of Contents

A five page story called "Dragon Eggs" to read aloud (3.4 reading level as determined by Okapi Readability) to kick off the math study. The story includes:
1. Before, during and after reading teacher question cards
2. vocabulary cards
3. A language arts worksheet

Material Preparation Pages

Seven Pages on How to Use the Materials with Students in carrying and borrowing with tens, hundreds and thousands. Special section is included about borrowing over zeroes.

Place Value Chair Charts

Student Worksheets and grading keys:
1. Two for carrying in tens
2. Two for borrowing in tens
3. Two for carrying in hundreds
4. Two for borrowing in hundreds
5. Two for carrying in thousands
6. Two for borrowing in thousands


Comments about this resource include:

I purchased this unit after we had been struggling with regrouping for awhile. I used this unit consistently (mini lesson) and it made such a difference. Thanks for sharing your hard work!

I wasn't sure about purchasing this. What could be new about teaching regrouping? However, I am pleasantly surprised by the depth of concept taught in this packet. It's a really great idea and I am looking forward to using it with my second graders. Thank you! :o)

I've always used the base 10 blocks, but I still had students struggle with the concept. I think the snack bags, etc is genious! I'm buying beans and bags this weekend! I can't wait to try this!


About this Teacher Author
Jan Bernard
National Board Certified Teacher (2001-2011), Masters in Curriculum, Gifted Certified, Cobb County Elementary Teacher of the Year, Addison Elementary Teacher of the Year, Bullard Elementary Teacher of the Year, Atlanta Journal and Constitution Honor Teacher finalist ($5000 award), District 3 Georgia Science Teacher of the Year, Author of seven books published by The Child's World Press, Wrote online k-12 social studies and language arts curriculum for Coca Cola, curriculum writer for CNN, curriculum writer for American Legacy Publishers 2009-2014, 25 years teaching experience in grades 1st-4th.

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A Borrowing and Carrying Math Story Unit: Dragon Eggs! by Jan Bernard is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License
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52 pages
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