2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, Math, Roman Numerals, Uncategorized

Learning about Roman Numerals and a FREE worksheet!

Roman Numerals & How They Began

Historians believe Roman Numerals began as a tally system. Shepherds on the hills and in the fields around Rome would cut marks into sticks to keep track of how many sheep or goats were in their care.

Each animal was counted then recorded on a wooden stick with a single notch cut with a knife. Every fifth sheep was recorded on the stick with two notches which formed a V.  Each tenth sheep was recorded with two cuts to form an X. This method of record keeping was still being used by Italian shepherds during the Nineteenth Century!

How to Write Roman Numerals

I = 1
V = 5
X = 10
L = 50
C = 100
D = 500
M = 1000

The mnemonic ‘I Value Xylophones Like Cows Do Milk’ may really help you. If you’d like a poster and/or flash cards, you can get them on My Teaching Library…

How to Read & Write Roman Numerals – The Additive Property

The Additive Property – This rather ‘techo’ term simply means to ADD the value of each symbol to arrive at the final number .
e.g. LXXXIII = 50 + 10 + 10 +10 + 1 + 1 + 1 = 83

Roman Numeral Rules:
When writing roman numerals NEVER use more than 3 of any symbol.
– When smaller numerals are on the right hand side of bigger ones ADD them to the larger.
– Putting a numeral of lesser value before a numeral of greater value decreases the second numeral by the amount of the first. Thus IV equals four because V (five) is decreased by I (one).
– Putting a numeral of lesser value after a numeral of greater value increases the first numeral by the amount of the second. Thus VI equals six because V (five) is increased by I (one).

Fun Lapbook Project to learn Roman Numerals

Students will learn both the history and math of roman numerals as they create a lasting project. Students are given informational text (a brief history) of this numerical system as well as an explanation of the numbers and how they are used (counted – will require students to ‘identify’ given numbers – i.e. CDLX). Students will also learn how roman numerals are used now in every day life.

Includes:

  • – Explanation and instructions for creating a lapbook
  • – Informational text
  • – Map of Ancient Roman Empire
  • – Lapbooking templates

My Teaching Library is also offering a FREE worksheet to get students working with Roman Numerals 1 to 99. This FREE Roman Numerals Worksheet has been taken from MTL’s Roman Numerals 1 to 99 and Thanksgiving Mazes product. It will give your students practice converting Roman numerals to numbers (1 to 99). There are 12 problems and a fun cornucopia maze. Answer Key included!

Get your instant free Roman Numerals Worksheet here!

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October, Product Suggestions, Uncategorized

Mid-October Activities and Lessons

Isn’t it amazing just how fast time goes by?! It is hard to believe it is mid October already! I live in Colorado and just last night we had a huge cold front move in from the north. Needless to stay, there was a lot of wind and I have leaves everywhere!

This made me think how much I used to love doing leaf activities with my son when he was younger. So…today I want to share a few you can find on My Teaching Library!

Shape Book – Maple Leaf
Students love to create and this resource, Shape Book – Maple Leaf, will give them a fun template to create! Whether they are publishing a story, a poem or a brief report about Autumn (Fall), their work will be extra special to them using these Maple Leaf templates.

Autumn Art | Leaf Mobile
Create a colorful autumn leaf mobile with the included leaf templates!

Autumn Art | Leaf Relief
Here is a quick art project for the Fall! Students will have fun creating a lasting leaf relief that they can keep for years to come.

My Teaching Library has a lot of other fun activities that would be perfect for this time of year! Here are 3 of the many available…

October: Color the Picture & Write a Story
This resources has 20 different October / Fall-themed scenes, students can color the picture on each and then write a story that goes along with the picture.

My Pumpkin Lapbook
This interactive unit for students will allow them to create a cute LAPBOOK about PUMPKINS! Great to use anytime, especially in October or November during the Fall Holidays.In the resource you’ll find vocabulary, vocabulary cards, life cycle, parts of a pumpkin, pumpkin book templates to answer questions such as “Native American uses for pumpkin”, “Nutritional value of pumpkins” and more. Also included: Explanation / Instructions for lapbooking.

NEW RESOURCES

Because mid-October often has people thinking about creepy crawly things (like spiders…ewww), I’ve just created a resource for learning the life cycle of a spider…

Spider Life Cycle | Poster and Activities
Want to study the life cycle of a spider? Here is a resource for you!
This resource Includes:
– 2 labeled posters (color and b/w) – life cycle coloring page
– colorful center activity
– 2 cut-n-paste worksheets

I’ve also just added a new, fun Fall writing activity…

Fall Chaos | Creative Writing Activity
FUN Fall writing activity. Use as a lesson assignment or in a writing center. Using this resource, students will roll one die 4 times and use the chart to help determine the character, setting, weather and conflict that should be in their story. Then, they will plan out their story on given pages:
– Character Planner
– Setting Planner
– Story Planner

After all planning is complete, they will write their stories!

Thank you for reading and allowing My Teaching Library to be a part of your teaching journey. If you know someone else that teaches, please tell them about MTL!

Lapbooking, notebooking, Uncategorized

The Process of Electing our Leaders | U.S. Elections

It’s important that students learn about every aspect of the election process.

Your students want to learn and they love when given a chance to take charge of their learning! That is why My Teaching Library offers this U.S. Elections themed resource that will give them the opportunities they need to take charge, make decisions, collaborate and learn…all while creating a wonderful project!

This resource will give the students the opportunity to learn about different aspects of U.S. elections (both local and national elections) and at the same time give them choices as to what they want (or need) to focus on.

It will also give them the opportunity to choose how they want to work (alone or in a group) and how they present their findingsm using either a notebooking method or creating a lapbook. Of course, if you as the teacher, want (or need) to assign specifics and give them less control, you can do that as well. This resource is flexible!

Several informational text pages have been provided but students should be encouraged to read books and find other resources to gather information. Perhaps they can watch an upcoming televised debate. Perhaps they can attend a townhall meeting or interview someone.

Included:

  • Teacher pages for instructions, explanations and evaluations and more
  • Sample questions to get students ‘thinking’
  • Over 100 pages for students to select from when designing their projects! (These student pages have been created ‘in color’ but can easily be printed in b/w or grayscale to save $$$).

(Please note: If you are a MTL Download Club subscribing member, this resource is FREE!)