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Reproducibles for Practicing Place Value (Thousands through Quadrillions)
Andy the Decimal Reproducibles
Comma Crew Characters to Use in Classroom Demonstrations
Hands-on Reproducible Flip Books (through millions and decimals too!)
Extension Activities for Going Beyond Quadrillion
I developed this program after noticing that students continually had trouble reading numbers year after year. Once I started TEACHING the commas - students had a much easier time reading the numbers. So began my quest for supplemental place value materials to use in my classroom. After finding none that adequately addressed the skill of reading numbers, I decided to come up with my own. It's been great to see all the smiles on the kids who once thought they "couldn't do math" be successful in short amount of time at reading numbers and learning the place values.
The way we attend to punctuation when reading literature is different than when we come across the seemingly same symbols in math. For instance, when reading a passage, commas signal the reader to pause; however in math, commas are replacements for WORDS. The Comma Crew teaches students that commas and decimal points have specific labels that need to be read aloud when properly reading a numeral. This easy, entertaining program allows students to succeed in reading numbers more readily than with a typical place value chart because the symbols are explicitly taught!
The commas have names such as Marty, Thelma, and Andy for two reasons. First, kids LOVE characters! Second, the commas and decimal points within numbers already have actual names!
Andy (“And” for short), was given this name because that’s what we say when we see him in numbers with a decimal! When reading a number that has counting numbers in front of the decimal point, we say “and” in place of the decimal point. (5.42 is read as “5 and 42 hundredths.)
In addition, numbers often contain the “THOUSAND” comma, “MILLION” comma, “BILLION” comma, and so on. Even though at first glance all of these commas look alike, each of these commas is in fact unique, as are Marty, Thelma, Barry, Trudy, and Quinn! Each organizes a specific place value group. To read numbers correctly, one needs to be familiar with the uniqueness of the commas.
The fun comma names alliterate with the actual comma names making them and their positions a snap to remember! Try it for yourself and see! It really works!
And helps students build those important Common Core Skills!
**ALSO SEE THE BULLETIN BOARD KIT, ANDY THE DECIMAL LINGO BINGO, HARD COPY BOOK, AND DESKTOP STICKERS!**
The Comma Crew by Jennifer Reis
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