Anywho, the other day she had a post called People Numbers. Well, that caught my interest and I had to check it out and am glad that I did. She uses this great kinesthetic activity in her classroom to help her kids "get" place value. She put numbers on construction paper and laminated it, including commas and periods. Then she hands them out and says a number and the students with the numbers...wait for it......MAKE IT:D How cool is that?!
So we tried it today. I had to make up some super cute numbers (cuz I have purchased soooooooo much clipart, alphabets, and numbers and they can't go to waste....right?) I handed out the numbers. My kiddos sit in groups so I gave each group 2 or 3 cards. Then I said a number and they had to go to the front of the room and make it. They had to have their listening ears on in order to get it right. It was neat to see how they worked together to get it and who was really getting it and who wasn't.
and have no fear.....the ones who didn't have numbers were participating too...they each have dry erase boards, so they were writing while the others were making the numbers. Then it was their job to check the number that was made and make sure it is correct. Then all the "numbers" went back to their groups and they switched.
I plan on using this idea for decimals too:D Thanks Jennifer!!