Rounding Whole Numbers Math Movement Activity

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Runde's Room
Grade Levels
4th - 6th
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24 pages
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Put aside the worksheets and get your students reviewing math concepts, working together and up and moving with this Rounding Whole Numbers up to the ten thousands Math Circle. This Math Circle is similar to the format of my Drama Circles, in which students follow the directions on their cards, with each card following another. Students must pay attention to the task because they need to watch for their turns.

This rounding math circle follows the same premise, but students are asked to round numbers (numbers go up to the ten thousands) to the nearest thousand, hundred, or ten (so they get practice reading numbers aloud as well as rounding numbers).

The Math Circle can be completed anywhere the students have a bit of space. They could make a circle in the classroom or the gym, or if the weather is nice, why not take it outside?

The first step is to cut out enough number cards so that every student has a number which they can tape onto their shirt, or hang around their neck on a string (I just tape them – much quicker). Give out ALL four 0s as well as the numbers 1 – 9 to the first 13 students, then repeat the numbers 1-9 so that every student has one number card (it is perfectly OK to have doubles of the digits, as different students will be included in building different numbers – just make sure you have handed out all 4 0s). Then, pass out the instruction cards (1 – 40). Starting with the first card, students will follow the instructions on the card. For example, the second card asks the students to gather 5 people to show the number 19,473 rounded to the nearest thousand.. So, the student would ask someone with a 1, someone with a 9, and three people with a 0 card to stand up and step into the circle. He or she would then arrange the 5 people to form the number 19,000 and then read “19,473 rounded to the nearest thousand is 19,000.” Once the task is complete, the student with the next card goes.

I have also included a "teacher follow-along sheet" that summarizes all concepts to be modelled, and how they are to be modelled.

Please see the free preview for a complete set of instructions and sample cards.

I also have a Canadian version of this resource which you can view HERE.


To see all my Math Circles, please click HERE.


Total Pages
24 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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