“All the King’s horses and all the King’s men, couldn’t put Humpty together again.”
But maybe your kiddos can!
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Because of their structure (10 rows of 10), hundred charts are powerful tools for developing early understandings of place value. Of course, we are moving to 120 charts now, but that just doesn’t roll off your tongue like hundred chart has all these years!
I’m currently working with my 2nd graders on tens and ones, so we are using the 120 chart. Today, we started by looking for and discussing patterns. It’s always an eye-opening experience to realize that some kiddos don’t easily see patterns. Having students share out patterns they see leads students who don’t see patterns to begin seeing their own. Today, for example, one student noticed that every other number is even, but he didn’t recall the word for numbers that are not even. Which led to a discussion of the word odd. You can’t plan that. I asked them to focus on the column with 10, 20, 30, etc., and tell me the patterns they saw. They noticed that each number had a 0. Where is the zero? Blank stares…which led to a discussion of tens and ones. 🙂
So, this week I was thinking of 120 chart activities, and one of my favorites is to cut up the chart and let the kiddos put them back together, like a puzzle. I decided to call it a Humpty Dumpty 120 chart! I printed the chart on bright cardstock, laminated it, and cut it apart. Use different colors of cardstock for different puzzles, so the pieces don’t get mixed up. And cut each chart differently, so kiddos can play over and over again with different charts.
This activity is easy to differentiate, too. If students aren’t working to 120, use only part of the chart. Keep the rest of the chart and add more to the puzzle later. Also, charts cut into fewer, larger pieces will be easier to assemble. You can also have the student assemble the puzzle on top of a complete 120 chart for additional support
You can download a copy of the Humpty Dumpty 120 chart that also includes a blank 120 chart for students to practice filling in the numbers as well as blank hundred chart puzzles. Fill in one number on each puzzle and let students use the 120 patterns to fill in the missing numbers.