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ZOOMING INTEGERS—HUNDREDS, THOUSANDS, AND BEYOND

Grades: 3‒5

Students estimate the whole-number locations of unlabeled points on number lines. Students make an initial estimate of a point’s location and then “zoom in” on an interval that contains the point. This magnified interval is divided into ten smaller equal parts, allowing students to refine their estimate. Students continue to magnify the number line until they can precisely locate the point. Challenges range from estimating the location of a point on a 0–100 number line to estimating the location of a point on a 0–100,000 number line.

OBJECTIVES 
  • Students will use a number line model to explore place value from tens through ten thousands.
  • Students will develop strategies for estimating the location of an unmarked point on a number line.

COMMON CORE CONNECTIONS 
Mathematical Practices

(1) Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them; (2) Reason abstractly and quantitatively; (3) Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others; (5) Use appropriate tools strategically; (7) Look for and make use of structure.

Content Standards

4.NBT1, 2; 5.NBT1

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under KCP Technologies Award ID 0918733, with grant period September 1, 2009 through August 31, 2013. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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