Femi Meets 3-Acts Task #2

Grade 5 Session:

How many sheets of paper will be needed to show 1,ooo,ooo dots? 

  1. Watch the video. Tell (and record) what you notice. Ask (and write) questions that could help you figure out the answer to the above question.
  2. Develop a plan for answering the question. Think about how you will record and organized your information.
  3. Present a solution and justify your thinking.

Standard: Understand the place value system.

Recognize that in a multi-digit number, a digit in one place represents 10 times as much as it represents in the place to its right and 1/10 of what it represents in the place to its left.
Explain patterns in the number of zeros of the product when multiplying a number by powers of 10, and explain patterns in the placement of the decimal point when a decimal is multiplied or divided by a power of 10. Use whole-number exponents to denote powers of 10.

Pedagogical Structures: Student self-selection of groups, Pairs Compare, Carousel Questions

Materials: Dot Sheet #1, A Million Dots by Andrew Clements – Lesson Ideas, colored pencils

My ramblings about planning this out.

Follow-up Question:

How much space would be needed to display 1,000,000 dots?

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