Third grade students are working on visualizing large numbers – and saving the environment at the same time.
They are committing the place values up into the thousands to memory and beginning to grapple with the relationship between place values by using concrete materials. To model this, they have been using recycled soda cans and will continue to use them until they build a model of a million. Four soda cans make approximately the size of a thousands cube. So far, they have created a bunch of thousands cubes, allowing them to build many ten thousands, and even some hundred thousands! Take a look at some photos of the project below.