For example, have children put 4 blocks-of-100, 12 blocks-of-10, and 4singles on their mats. Say,
Think about how these blocks will look when they are packed as much as possible. Setyour Digit Flip Cards to predict what will be on the Place mat.
Once they have set the cards, children can turn them face down to eliminateany distraction while packing. Then the children pack the blocks to checktheir thinking. Provide many examples over time, and have the childrenexplain how they can predict what the cards should be.
Exploring Equivalent Representations
With the Place mat, children can find many different ways to representthe same number. Assign each group of children one of the following setsof blocks:14 blocks-of-10, 14 singles12 blocks-of-10, 34 singles1 block-of-100, 1 block-of-10, 44 singles10 blocks-of-10, 54 singlesHave children place the blocks on their mats and record what they have.Then ask the children to set the digits with the flip cards (they will discover that they need to pack first) and record the number. Each group will find that they have the same amount (154 blocks), although it was originally represented in four different ways.
Practicing Key Ideas
Children work in pairs.One child places some blocks on the Place mat,being sure toplace more than 9 blocks of at least one size.The other child sets the Digit Flip Cardsto show how the blocks will look when packed.Children then turn the flip cards facedown and pack the blocks.When the blocks are packed,the children turn the cardsface up to check the prediction.Pairs can repeat the activity,reversing roles.
Go to Stop
Have each group of children begin with the same number of blocks (for example,2blocks-of-100,5 blocks-of-10,and 3 single blocks).When you say “Go,”children beginto unpack their collections.The unpacking continues until you say “Stop.”At thatpoint children count the number of blocks of each size that they have.Groups thenrecord their findings on the board or on chart paper for all to see.Have childrendiscuss the different representations of the same number.