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Same Number,
Different Look


Discuss with children the many ways a number is represented. Demonstrate some of those ways on an easel pad (numeral, picture set, word, strokes/slashmarks). Give children a large sheet of paper and ask them to choose a number between 1 and 10 and to show it in as many ways as possible. At Circle Time, let students share their work and talk about why people record numbers in different ways. Then extend the lesson by encouraging children to look through newspapers and magazines to find different ways that numbers from 1 to 10 are shown. Children can cut out the various representations of numbers and create a collage.


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