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Kipton's Scale

Illustrative MathematicsVaries

The purpose of this task is to help students Recognize that in a multi-digit number, a digit in one place represents 10 times as much as it represents in the place to its right and 1/10 of what it represents in the place to its left. By setting the task in the context of weighing objects and bundles of 10, 100, and 1,000 objects, it helps students visualize that bundling 10 units of a given place value will create 1 unit of the next highest place value. Though this task is written as questions to be discussed or answered by students, the parts of this task are most valuable as a set of scenarios to be infused throughout a unit on place value.

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