Sensible and crazy numbers

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This article outlines teaching ideas appropriate for primary mathematics. It is mainly aimed at primary school teachers and teacher-researchers. Using a game-based context and concentrating explicitly on language, students in the early years are able to make sense about place value amid the vagaries of the English language in naming numbers. This conceptual approach to understanding place value allows students to further develop number strategies beyond counting by ones.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-20
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian Primary Mathematics Classroom
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Primary Education
  • Mathematics Education

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