Grade 2 Mathematics Module 3, Topic C

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In Topic C, the teaching sequence opens with students counting on the place value chart by ones from 0 to 124, bundling larger units as possible (2.NBT.1a). Next, they represent various counts in numerals, designating and analyzing benchmark numbers (e.g., multiples of 10) and numbers where they bundled to count by a larger unit (2.NBT.2). Next, students work with base ten numerals representing modeled numbers with place value cards that reveal or hide the value of each place. They represent three-digit numbers as number bonds and gain fluency in expressing numbers in unit form (3 hundreds 4 tens 3 ones), in word form, and on the place value chart. Students then count up by hundreds, tens, and ones, leading them to represent numbers in expanded form (2.NBT.3). The commutative property or “switch around rule” allows them to change the order of the units. They practice moving fluidly between word form, unit form, and expanded form (2.NBT.3). Students are held accountable for naming the unit they are talking about, manipulating, or counting. Without this precision, they run the risk of thinking of numbers as simply the compilation of numerals 0–9, keeping their number sense underdeveloped. The final Application Problem involves a found suitcase full of money: 23 ten dollar bills, 2 hundred dollar bills, and 4 one dollar bills, in which students use both counting strategies and place value knowledge to find the total value of the money.  

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
2.NBT.2 Count within 1000; skip-count by 5s, 10s, and 100s.

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