Lesson Plan

The Rhyme and Reason for Rounding

This lesson focuses on facilitating a rich classroom discussion around the purpose and methods of rounding numbers up to the thousands place. It can be taught on its own or as support to the lesson Rounding with Number Lines.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Rounding with Number Lineslesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Rounding with Number Lineslesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to round whole numbers to the nearest thousand.

Language

Students will be able to discuss the purpose and method of rounding numbers using strategic questioning and sentence starters.

Introduction

(3 minutes)
Review Your Thinking!Vocabulary Cards: The Rhyme and Reason for RoundingGlossary: The Rhyme and Reason for RoundingTeach Background Knowledge TemplateWrite Student-Facing Language Objectives Reference
  • Lead students in a word association exploration on the term "rounding." Write "rounding" in the center of a piece of chart paper. Ask students to think of any words or numbers that relate to rounding and discuss them with a partner. Invite a few students to share their ideas with the whole class, and record their word associations in the space surrounding the word "rounding."
  • Tell students that today they will take a closer look at the meaning and purpose of rounding numbers.
  • Give each student a copy of the Review Your Thinking worksheet. Read aloud the directions and have students complete the "Beginning" section of the worksheet by drawing and writing their ideas or knowledge on the concept of rounding. Encourage students to use the word association chart paper you co-created with their input as a reference. Have students put the paper away and tell them they will fill out the rest later in the lesson.