While doing calendar, I told my friends that I had a school meeting and they would have a Guest Teacher for the afternoon. As students wrapped-up calendar, I stepped outside our classroom door and put on my military accessories (green vest, aviators, camo bandana from Walmart, and a whistle). I already had on a black shirt and khaki pants, so I was ready to go!
Since Place Value Bootcamp was the last day of our Place Value unit before assessment, we quickly reviewed all that we had been doing in math. Then, I taught the Cadets the Place Value Song from Teacher Tipster. (Note – I would definitely not show this video in class. Rather, learn the song and teach it to your cadets.)
At their desks, the other cadets wrote the numbers on their tables representing the numbers in at least 4 ways (numeral, tens/ones, expanded form, base ten pieces).
To cap off Place Value Boot Camp, we enjoyed a Place Value solve-the-room by Susan at Thank God it’s First Grade. It was the perfect chance for students to practice counting tens/one, as well as, for me to meet with a small-group of friends who needed extra practice. Students drew the base-ten model, wrote the expanded form, as well as, the final number. You can grab the hunt from Susan here and the recording sheet I adapted here.
The afternoon was a BLAST and it was the perfect review of all of our Place Value learning. Over the next week, I saw some fabulous narratives about “Sgt. W” and “Place Value Bootcamp”. This sweet little wrote one of my favorites narratives –
“Sgt. W came in yelling at us. “Get in your places!” Sgt. W made me do ten pushups. We felt tired…really, really tired. I am three times sure that it was Ms. W not Sgt. W. I am still asking my Mom why she signed me up.”
Friends, 1st grade is the best and learning should be engaging, challenging, and fun! As you are learning about Place Value, grab your bandana, sunglasses, and whistle. Your friends will thank you for it…even if the push-ups make them tired. 😉
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