This program will help your students read and write numbers, recognize place value, and round numbers with ease!
-Blackline Masters with Answer Key
-Comma Crew Classroom Banner in 2 Sizes - see below for more information*
-Six Printable Comma Crew Characters (in two sizes)*
-Hands-On Dry Erase Helpers
*The banner is included in two sizes:
11 inches x 85 inches (each section is approximately 11x 17 inches)
7 inches x 42.5 inches (each section is approximately 7 x 11 inches)
(SIZES VARY DUE TO INDIVIDUAL PRINTER SETTINGS)
**ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
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!
**ALL ORIGINAL ARTWORK
**WHAT OTHER TEACHERS HAVE SAID ABOUT THE COMMA CREW PROGRAM:
"Love the reproducibles. Very kid friendly. I'm excited to use this in my third grade classroom this year. Based on how the information is presented I'm going to show this to the second grade teachers - I think second graders could read numbers up to a million easily with these characters. It will definitely make writing large numbers and decimals easier for my students. (Many of whom are ESL) This is exactly what I was looking for! Thank you!" -mkaspar, TpTmember
"Will be excellent visual for all my students, especially my special ed students! I CAN'T WAIT TO USE!!! THANK YOU!!!" -bangheadhere, TpT member
"Oh My Word! This is perfect! What a great idea to name the commas. I have fifth graders who are seriously struggling with place value and this is perfect. I wish I had found earlier in order to have tim to order BB set. Absolutely amazing and great idea!" -Anne Andrews, TpT memeber
"This is a very creative way to teach place value and how to read large numbers as well as decimals. My 4th graders really loved it and I'm so glad you included a name for the decimal!" -pjwhiting, TpT member
**Save money with this place value bundle – it’s like getting a FREE product! This bundle contains three products, which are also available for separate purchase. (Comma Crew - Teaching Place Value to Elementary School Students, Rounding Numbers with Ease - Comma Crew Place Value, and Teaching Place Value - The Comma Crew Bulletin Board Kit & Desktop Plates)**
*TABLE OF CONTENTS*
*How to Read and Write Numbers
Comma Crew Program Information 6
Character Printables 8
Thelma Thousand Blackline Masters 11
Marty Million Blackline Masters 16
Barry Billion Blackline Masters 25
Trudy Trillion and Beyond Blackline Masters 32
Andy the Decimal Blackline Masters 37
Answer Key 40
Dry Erase Helpers and Flipbook Information 46
Dry Erase Helpers (3 Varieties) 47
Flipbook - Thousands through Thousandths 50
Flipbook - Ones through Millions 54
Introducing the Roundinator 58
Roundinator Blackline Master 60
Rounding to the Nearest Ten and Hundred 63
Rounding to the Nearest Thousand and Ten Thousand 65
Rounding to the Nearest Tenth and Hundredth 67
Post Assessment 69
Answer Key 71
Bulletin Board Printable Information 74
Bulletin Board Printables 76
Desktop Plate Information 98
Desktop Plate Printables 99