The Power of Ten: Building a Magnitude Model

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Add visual representation to teaching place value with a magnitude model. Using adding machine tape, pupils build a linear place value strip from 1 to 100.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Copy informational sheets for pupils to place in their math notebook
  • With the help of their parents or guardians, invite learners to visit a local store and ask for a donation of adding machine tape
Classroom Considerations

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  • Pupils should be familiar with place value, exponents, and powers of 10 
  • A variety of materials are required to build the model 
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  • Pictures accompany the plan's model-building steps 
  • Helpful tips are written throughout the lesson to support the implementation process 

  • Informational posters are letter-sized which may make seeing them difficult for some learners