It’s hard to help students remember “All the ways they can do X, Y, Z,” In my Brain Research reading time and time again I come across the power of mnemonics and stories for memory. This lesson builds on that idea in the area of Math. This lesson was based on the Everyday Mathematics lesson 2.9 for Second Grade. Using Kaplan’s Depth and Complexity Icons, and language connections I introduce the concept of multiple ways to write a number or value. Then I introduce them to NNED! He’s going to help him all the different ways that we can express values. His name is an acronym for the different approaches one can take to express a value. In his mouth NNED has a value that we need to express. We sort the different ways that we can do that. The items for them to cut and paste are on a separate page, to save paper.
Included here are the 2 pages for practice, a blank template so that you can form your own (Laminate it and give the kids different values every week. They can write on it with overhead pens), and the Promethean Board and Interactive Whiteboard files that match. This way you have the flexibility to implement this any way you want, without limitations due to technology. Enjoy!