Monkey Business – Rounding to Nearest Ten

I’ve been working on a comprehensive Notebook lesson called Monkey Business that helps students learn and review basic procedures for rounding to the nearest 10 and the nearest 100. In this lesson, I created a fun review activity called Banana Rama where the goal is to collect 10 bananas as fast as possible by touching on the correct answer to a rounding problem.

I thought it would be useful for teachers if I put the Banana Rama activity into a separate Notebook file and place it in the Free Resource section of The Notebook Gallery website. On the last page of the file, I also included instructions for how to create new versions of the activity that use different numbers so teachers can continue to reinforce rounding to 10 without using the same numbers over and over again.

The complete Monkey Business lesson will be available on The Notebook Gallery resource site in the next day or two. The 80+ page lesson introduces the concept of rounding, provides a fun method for remembering the rules for rounding, and reinforces the concept of rounding through examples and assessment activities.

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  1. anita Karr /

    As an instructor of student teachers , I have been adding your web site and smart board activities to the journals that my students must write as part of the National Louis program. I also substitute teach and leave the information about the web site on the desks of all of the teachers as well as the media person. Thanks for all the information. Anita Karr

    • James Hollis /

      Thanks Anita,

      If you need a custom Notebook lesson or Notebook PD material, please let me know.



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