Activities to Teach Students to Convert To/From a Number – Up to Hundreds

When it comes to teaching students about numbers, it’s important to start with the basics. One of the most fundamental concepts is learning how to convert numbers to and from different formats. This includes converting numbers to and from word form, expanded form, and standard form. In this article, we will explore some fun and engaging activities to teach students how to convert numbers up to hundreds.

1. Place Value Chart Race

A fun and competitive game that involves placing numbers on a place value chart. Students can work in pairs or small groups, and the teacher can set a timer to keep things moving. Players take turns rolling dice to determine the numbers they will use, and then race to place those numbers on their chart. They must convert the number into standard, word, and expanded forms. The first player to complete all three forms and say the number out loud wins the round.

2. Spider Web Number Puzzle

In this game, the teacher creates a spider web using yarn or string. Each intersection of the web represents a number from 1 to 100. The teacher assigns each student a number, and they must find their way to the center of the web by following a path of numbers that equals their number. Along the way, they must convert the numbers they encounter into standard, word, and expanded forms.

3. Number Conversion BINGO

This game is a fun twist on the classic game of BINGO. The teacher creates bingo cards with numbers in different formats (standard, word, and expanded form). The teacher calls out a number in one format, and students must find the number on their card in a different format. For example, if the teacher calls out “200”, students could look on their card for “two hundred”, or “2 x 100”.

4. Number Line Wars

In this game, each student is given a number from 1 to 100. They must then create a number line using tape or string on the floor. Students take turns calling out a number, and then the other players must race to stand on the correct spot on the number line. Points are awarded for speed and accuracy. To make things interesting, the teacher can call out numbers in different formats, and students must convert them on the fly.

5. Memory Match

This game is a classic memory game with a twist. The teacher creates cards with numbers in different formats, and then students play a game of memory match. They must match cards with the same number, but in different formats. For example, they might match a card with “200” to a card with “two hundred”. This game is great for visual learners who benefit from seeing numbers in different formats side-by-side.

In conclusion, teaching students how to convert numbers to and from different formats can be a challenging task. However, with a little creativity and some engaging activities, students can have fun while learning this important skill. These activities are just a few examples of the many ways that teachers can make number conversion fun and engaging for students. Give them a try and see how your students respond!    

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