Rounding is one of those topics that some students instantly “get”, while others seem to be lost from the word go. As teachers, it’s obviously our job to make sure all our little lovelies understand how to round. It’s in the math standards, but it’s also just a great life skill to have! This is exactly why teaching rounding is so important!
I’ve compiled a few ideas for rounding activities you can do in your classroom. Sit back, relax, and read some great ideas from myself and other bloggers. (Oh, and enjoy the freebies on the way!)
Let me start this post with a little disclaimer…
The more I’ve taught math, the more I’ve realized our little sayings and “tricks” aren’t really all that helpful. Yes, of course they can be at times, but do students really understand what they’re doing? Or do they simply memorize a saying? I think we want better for our students!
Start with the basics…
This post is going to be truly engaging activities that should help your students really understand what rounding is all about and give them a better understanding of number sense. Not really sure where I’m coming from? Check out Beyond Traditional Math’s blog post on the topic.
Use a Number Line
What better way to teach rounding than to take it outside and make it truly interactive?! Jodi from Clutter-Free Classroom shares her great idea over on her blog about using a number line.