Next week sees us here in Australia bid farewell to summer and welcome in the cooler (we — or I — hope) days of Autumn. Next Tuesday is not only 1 March, but also Pancake Day, which means it’s only six weeks until Easter and, for many of us, school holidays.
When I completed the recent audit of readilearn lessons in teaching number by mapping them to the Australian Curriculum, I realised that we were missing lessons in numbers over one hundred. As children in Year Two learn about numbers up to one thousand, I realised there was a gap to fill. I started by making a lesson called 1000 Pancakes.
I chose pancakes for three reasons:
- Pancake Day is next week. However, the lesson can be used at any time of the year; it makes no reference to Pancake Day.
- Pancakes are popular with children as well as adults.
- Pancakes in stacks are easy to visualise.
The lesson 1000 Pancakes gives children the opportunity to visualise 1000 pancakes by comparing the quantity to 10 and 100. It is a lesson ready-to-teach on the interactive whiteboard, a readilearn readilesson.
In the lesson, children count pancakes
- in 1s to 10
- in 10s to 100
- and in 100s to 1000.
One thousand is a lot of pancakes.
Continue reading: Let’s count 1000 pancakes for Pancake Day! – readilearn