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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Jen Bonner says
Love love love this!!!! I can't wait to try it with my kiddos at the end of our unit! Thank you!
Kelly Rodriguez says
Love this idea! I'm going to try it with multiplication!!!
I LOVE this idea!!!! I cannot wait to teach place value now 🙂
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Marcy Howe says
So many uses for this fun idea! As an ELA teacher, I'm thinking something like Punctuation Boot Camp! Thanks for sharing.
Miranda Jackson says
So fun! We've done the Teacher Tipster's game the past two years and our kiddos love it! I may have to dress up next time, though. 🙂
Karen Van Fossen says
This is great. My students love it when I do something off the wall (like my mad scientist on Freaky Friday science!) and this is right up my alley. So glad I read this now!
Maria Kroeker says
Oh boy!!! Tomorrow is our Boot Camp. I am a real Drill Sergeant in the Army Reserves so this is going to be AWESOME!!! I have read this post 100 times. Thank you so much for sharing!
My kids love boot camp and its fantastic place for kids to learn something in life.