Explore the Scale of the Universe
Why do we even need big and small numbers? Because we have real things in our world that either unimaginably big or extremely small. Luckily, we now have Internet that helps us visualize these things relative to each other in a superb free applet called the Scale of the Universe. I can easily kill 30 minutes by myself traveling the scale from 10 in negative 35 to 10 in positive 27, and I cannot imagine a better way for children to appreciate the importance of big and small numbers and the scale of our wold.
Read About Big (and Small) Numbers
I was going to recommend a few books on the topic, but Math Geek Mama beat me to it writing an excellent post on teaching big numbers and place value through books. Smarty read Big Numbers and its companion Small Numbers dozens of times over years looking at the pictures and discussing relative size of objects.
Hands-On Activities to Teach Powers of 10
How do you introduce the concept of big numbers to your kids?
More Math for Kids
From my blog:
- A is for Angles
- 100 Ways to Have Fun with Math at Home
- Hands-On Math Tools: Abacus
- Hands-On Math Tools: Tangrams
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