Standard
Form

Step 1
Question: What is standard form?

Step 2
Answer: Standard form is a way to write numbers using digits. (Gesture: write
in the air, then count on fingers to show digits are symbols ranging from
0-9.)

Step 3
Explain: Show examples of numbers written in standard form. Show non-examples
of numbers written in standard form. Ask students to point to examples of
numbers written in standard form around the room. Ask students to write their
personal student number in the air and then on their whiteboards in standard
form. Ask students to write their partner’s student number in the air and then
on their whiteboards in standard form. Ask the students to write our room
number, their age, the number of students in the school, etc. in standard form
in the air and on their whiteboards. Repeat with non-examples as necessary.

Step 4
Test: Students respond “Yes” or “No Way” with gestures to the following
questions:

(Point to
or write out examples.)

Is the
daily decimal written in standard form?

Is the
number of the day written in standard form?

Are the
dates on the American History Timeline written in standard form?

(Write a
number in word form on the board.) Is this number written in standard form?

(Write a
number in expanded form on the board.) Is this number written in standard form?

Are the
numbers on the calendar written in standard form?

If 90% of
the class answers correctly, use the QT test with the following True/False
statements:

Numbers
written in standard form always include spelled out words.

Numbers in
standard form only use numerical digits.

Numbers
written in standard form include addition signs.

Numbers
written in standard form have no spelled out words.

Numbers
written in standard form have no addition signs.

The student
numbers on your nameplates are written in standard form.

Step 5
Critical Thinking: Students complete one or more of the following exercises:

1. Write a
paragraph to your first grade reading buddy to help them understand what a
number written in standard form is and what it is not.

2. Create a
scavenger hunt for at least five examples of numbers written in standard form
around the classroom. Have your partner complete it.

After the lesson, the teacher posts a Power Pix of the lesson. The Power Pix stays up for constant review. You can have the students review all the Power Pix before a lesson, compare and contrast some of them, whatever you want! They have learned the definition and gesture that goes with each of them, so the more they review, the more likely it is for the concepts to become cemented in long term memory.

This is a screen shot of the Power Pix I created for this lesson. I've made all of the Power Pix for our first unit in math. I laminated them and stuck magnetic tape on the back. The Power Pix will be displayed on the whiteboards in my room.

Questions? Let me know!

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