
Top Comments Materials Links to Introductory Activities Links to Background Information Curriculum Standards Although middle school students may have learned to identify basic place value in earlier grades, most are developmentally ready to delve into the deeper concepts of counting in other bases and the exponential growth of groupings within each increasing place. Just as students can more clearly understand the English language by studying a foreign language, math students can better understand our number system by studying other number systems and/or by creating a new one. Students who construct depth of understanding of place value through exploration will be more fully equipped to expand their mathematical thinking into the realm of decimals and scientific notation. I have chosen to use the term "number system" for this WebQuest rather than "numeration system," because I think it will more successfully link new ideas to the prior knowledge of the middle school students. In order to prepare your students for involvement in this WebQuest, you may want to spend class time in advance reviewing and exploring place value by engaging them in the activities provided through the Internet links below. You are also welcome to broaden your knowledge of place value and number systems by reading some selected background information, also linked below. If you use this WebQuest with your class, I'd love to have your feedback and suggestions. Please contact me at alicegabbard@yahoo.com or agabbard@newport.k12.ky.us. Search the NKU WebQuest database for more K12 math & science WebQuests. Besides computers with Microsoft Office software and Internet access, your students will need:
Links to Introductory Activities
1. Race to 1000 Using Beans
Links to Background Information KY Academic Expectations 1.5: Students use mathematical ideas and procedures to communicate, reason, and solve problems. 2.7: Students understand number concepts and use numbers appropriately and accurately. KY Program of Studies M6NC4: Students will develop place value of large and small numbers. M6NC5: Students will explore exponents. KY Core Content for Assessment MAM1.1.4: Students will describe properties of, define, give examples of, and/or apply to both realworld and mathematical situations: Place value of whole numbers and decimals MAM1.1.5: Students will describe properties of, define, give examples of, and/or apply to both realworld and mathematical situations: Positive whole number exponents National Council of Teachers of Math Standards Standard 1—Number and Operations Instructional programs from prekindergarten through grade 12 should enable all students to:
Standard 6—Problem Solving Instructional programs from prekindergarten through grade 12 should enable all students to:
Standard 8—Communication Instructional
programs from prekindergarten through grade 12 should enable all students to:
Standard 9—Connections Instructional
programs from prekindergarten through grade 12 should enable all students to:
Standard 10—Representation Instructional
programs from prekindergarten through grade 12 should enable all students to:
International Society for Technology in Education PERFORMANCE INDICATORS FOR TECHNOLOGY—LITERATE STUDENTS, Grades 68 Prior to completion of Grade 8, students will:
