The Tales of Tenopolis (3-5)

Storytelling and math are united in this residency which helps students understand place value. Rogers shares a story about a census taker who visits the town of Tenopolis, only to discover that folks there have an unusual way of designing their community. They live in single homes and apartment blocks of ten and 100. Students then create their own towns using base-10 centimeter blocks, while a second “census taker” must count the inhabitants based on the design of the buildings in the town.

 CT Standards:

  • Grade 3: Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.
  • Grade 4: Generalize place value understanding for multi-digit whole numbers.
  • Grade 5: Understand the place value system.