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Count on Math

This unit contains two lessons which help students develop number sense through activities involving collection, representation, and analysis of data. Students also practice reading and writing large numbers and develop estimation skills. In Lesson 1, Every Breath You Take, students estimate the number of breaths taken during a specified time, experiment, and display real-life data. In Lesson 2, Making Your First Millions, students develop the concept of a million by working with smaller numerical units, such as blocks of 10 or 100, and then expanding the idea by multiplication or repeated addition. They analyze situations and identify patterns that will enable them to develop the concept of large numbers. Each lesson includes student activity sheets, an instructional plan, and extensions.
Contributed by: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics - Publisher, William R. Speer and Daniel J. Brahier - Author
Math TopicMeasurement, Number Sense, Basic Operations, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes, Data and Statistics
Grade Level3, 4, 5, 6+
Resource TypeActivity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Lesson Plans, Unit of Instruction

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education Topic
    • Interdisciplinary ConnectionScience, Science:Life science:Anatomy & Physiology
    • Professional DevelopmentNo
    • ContributorNational Council of Teachers of Mathematics - Publisher, William R. Speer and Daniel J. Brahier - Author
    • Publication Date2000
    • RightsCopyright (c) 2000 - 2011 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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  • User Comments
    • 4
      Great for engagement
      By bethb on 04/19/2012 - 14:08
    • These lessons will really get students engaged! I like how the second lesson used repeated addition with larger values to show how to make a million, students are always engaged and intrigued by money!