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Play with place value as children use Crayola Dry-Erase Crayons, dry-erase boards, as well as tens and ones manipulatives to become factories manufacturing whole numbers. Once your “workers” are trained, the “factory” can operate for any length of time – perfect for early finishers or odd gaps in your schedule.
Introduce place value concepts appropriate to your grade level. Discuss the concept of a “factory”. How does a factory work? Name some products that are made in factories. Talk about how most factories have parts, processes (steps), and products.
Share with students the idea of being a number factory with each student “worker” performing one step in the factory process. Arrange children in groups of two to five. Provide each child with a dry-erase board and Crayola Dry-Erase Crayons. Invite children to design factory symbols (like gears, numbers, dials, levers) around the borders of the dry-erase boards.
Demonstrate how the “whole number factory” works. Use the ideas below or be inspired and create your own steps:
Student 1 chooses a handful of ones and places them on his/her board, labeled “ones that came into the factory”.
Student 2 shows the same amount of ones as ones and tens (manipulatives) on his/her board, labeled “tens and ones machine”.
Student 3 draws and completes a place value table on a board labeled “place value clerk”. The two-column table is headed “tens” and “ones”.
Student 4 writes the numeral on his/her board, labeled “number machine”.
Student 5 writes the number word on his/her board, labeled “word generator”, and says it aloud for all to hear.
These steps could be grouped as well for partners or groups of 3 or 4 by combining steps onto one board.
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