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# Christmas themed Place Value

Published 11 months ago by Ann Baker

I'm currently working on a place value unit of work (ready for next year) and was flicking through some of my favourite place value picture books.

As I flicked through '100 People' by Masayuki Sube, I landed on a page with 100 Santas.

Given that it is silly season and students are already into making 'all things Christmas', I thought why not create an actual Santa Scape in the classroom?

The photo below shows most of the double page spread with 100 Santas. Seeing them scattered across the page really gives a good impression of magnitude. 100 is a large number!

• As I looked at the page, questions came to mind , for example,
• Are they grouped in tens?
• Can I spot any rainbow pairs?
• Have they put 50 on each page?
• How many are in the sky?

The photos below gives insight into how the santas are grouped:

So why not create a place value Santa scape instead of other Christmas themed decoration .

Have a 'Can we make and group 100 Santas challenge?'

And why stop at 100, why not go to 200, 1000 or beyond. In the inevitable odd moments that happen between Christmas class and school activities, why not ask your students to create Santas.

The background in the book has sleds and houses with groupings of 10 as well as other groupings. Lots of counting to be done!

If a target such as 100 is set, have your class keep a regular count. Some computations may follow:

• "10 here, 10 here, 7 here, 10 here ... how many so far?
• How many more to get halfway to 100 or all the way to 100.
• If everyone in our class drew 2 more would we reach our target?

Hope you have fun and a fabulous Christmas Santa Scape.

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