Humpty Dumpty 120 Chart…Putting the Pieces Together Again

Written by Donna Boucher

Donna has been a teacher, math instructional coach, interventionist, and curriculum coordinator. A frequent speaker at state and national conferences, she shares her love for math with a worldwide audience through her website, Math Coach’s Corner. Donna is also the co-author of Guided Math Workshop.

“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.

120 chart

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.

120 chart puzzles

24 Comments

  1. Bwiggins

    Great idea!!!

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    • Donna Boucher

      Thanks!

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  2. TheElementary MathManiac

    I love doing this with kids! I haven’t ever printed these on cardstock and laminated them but I think this would be great! Added to my to-do list!

    Tara
    The Math Maniac

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    • Donna Boucher

      Tara, it’s really interesting to watch the kiddos putting them together. Such great formative assessment!

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  3. My Down-Time

    I was also thinking it would be a good page for an interactive math journal. Then they would have a completed chart too.

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  4. My Down-Time

    I copied on card stock and put small magnets on the back so the pieces don’t move around. Makes a great center.

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  5. Anonymous

    thanks for being so helpful!

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  6. Lynsey

    This is just what I’ve been searching for, thanks!

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  7. Jen kreuz

    We like to play a treasure map with directions. As the children follow along from a random starting point we see where everyone ends and discuss where “the wrong turns” may have happened.

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  8. Beth

    I cut up a large hundreds chart and used it for a small group to work together to reassemble. Great discussion as they looked for where their piece went. Also cut up a large blank grid, and with it assembled, wrote only one number on each piece. After discussing the patterns on the completed grid, I gave them the second puzzle to assemble as a group. Lots of different strategies came out of the activity.

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  9. Nathalie Tousignant

    Donna…I found cards where there
    Is either a number 1 to 10 or a domino with dots…there is also a wild card…but I don’t know what to do with them..is it like a memory game?

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  10. Ashley Druecke

    I am unable to open the link for the Humpty Dumpty game. Are you able to share it in a different.

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    • Donna Boucher

      Huh, there was something funky about the Bitly link. I’ve changed the link to the actual Dropbox file and you should be able to download it now.

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  11. Megan Paulik

    It is still not working. It thanks me for downloading but I can’t find it anywhere. Any suggestions?

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    • Donna Boucher

      It’s actually not working for me either! I’m checking with others, and one user said her files are doing the same thing. Might be a temporary glitch with Dropbox.

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      • Donna Boucher

        It looks like it’s working now! Thank you for your patience.

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        • Ashley Druecke

          When I click the link it says, “that didn’t work for some reason.” It looks like it wants us to sign in to Dropbox. Is there any way you could email me the file in a pdf? I’m SUPER excited to use this game with my class!

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          • Donna Boucher

            I am looking into it with Dropbox support!

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  12. Danielle Hellyer

    The link to download The Humpty Dumpty Chart isn’t working.

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    • Donna Boucher

      I am looking into it with Dropbox support!

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  13. Tina

    Hello- I see similar responses about not being able to access the link. I am unable to access Dropbox links from any of your posts. Do you have any suggestions?
    Thank you!!

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    • Donna Boucher

      I understand that some schools/districts block access to Dropbox for whatever reason. A workaround would be to download the file at home using your personal email and then email the file to your school email. I realize that’s an inconvenience, but Dropbox is the best tool for me to use to store my files.

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  14. Tina

    Thank you!!

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