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Lesson 13 of Packed With Math K01
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Castles
Topic:
Organizing blocks according to place value.
In this activity students will:
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Create a castle using blocks-of-10 and single blocks.
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Determine a total number of blocks used to create their castles.
Set up:
Student arrangement:
Whole class discussions and partner work• Single blocks and blocks-of-10• Small holders• Books depicting castles• Activity sheets• White mats (optional)

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Introduction:
Teacher will:
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Share several books depicting castles.
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Describe the product to be created as a castle made from single blocks and blocks-of-10.
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Explain that when they are finished building, they will pack all the blocks used intheir castle. They will organize the packed blocks on their place value mat and set onedigit card for each place value position.
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Give the students a prescribed amount of time to create their castles.
Activity:
Partners will:
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Work together to create a castle on the white mats (if available) or an open space.
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Pack the blocks as much as possible to determine the number of blocks used in theircastle.
(Note: Students may want to have a record of their castle before they have to take it apart. Taking photos and making drawings before dismantling helps students feel comfortableabout tearing their castle down in order to pack the blocks.)
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Organize the blocks on a place value mat and set the digit cards to show the totalnumber of blocks in their castle.
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Record the blocks and digits for the total number on the activity sheet.
Whole Group Discussion:
Teacher will:
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Bring students together as a whole group to discuss how to count the number of blocks used (a combined total of blocks-of-10 and single blocks).
The whole class will:
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Discuss the process of creating a castle.
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Discuss the number of blocks that they used.
Questions may include:
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How did you go about creating a castle?
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Did you and your partner agree?
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Did you pack as much as possible? How do you know?
Assessment:
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Do students pack as much as possible to determine the total number of blocks?
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Does each student record the number of blocks used accurately?
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Do students see the connection between packed and unpacked blocks?
Extension Ideas:
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Have students create more elaborate castles by working in larger groups, thencounting the number of blocks used.
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The total number of blocks used to make your castle is ________ .
Partner names ________________________________________________
Build a castle with your blocks.Pack your blocks as much as possible.How many blocks-of-10 do you have? ________How many single blocks do you have leftover?________
Draw your blocks on the Place mat.