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Lesson Plan #5 - Roman Numerals - Design Your Own Game
NCTM Standard 6
Lyn Del Randash
School: Poplar Middle School
Time: 2 class periods
Grade Level: 3-6


Native American children learn by hands on activities and experience. This activity is designed to learn Roman Numerals through hands on game activity.


Teacher - Chalkboard, chalk or dry erase (It is better to have a chart prepared ahead of time), prepared game board to use as an example. Students- index card, pencil paper, construction paper, crayons, markers or colored pencils.


Students will be able to recognize and add Roman Numerals.
You may want to read the book Roman Numerals by David. Adler, New York: Thomas


Introduce Roman Numerals to the students by writing the Roman Numeral chart on the board. You will need to discuss how to write other numbers.
I - 1 VI is 5+1=6
V - 5 IV is 5-1=4
X - 10 XI is 10+1=11
L - 50 IX is 10-1=9
C - 100 XX is 20
D - 500
M - 1000
Other examples may be found at the beginning of some books, clocks or on buildings
Have the students create a card with these Roman Numerals on to tape to their desk to use as a reference.
Have the students write various numbers such as their age, lunch number or locker number using Roman numerals. You may have the students use flat toothpicks for their numbers and glue the numbers to heavy paper to display.


Have the students design their own game-board. (Show example) Any numbers used on the board must be in Roman Numerals. As the students draw their game board, they need to include spaces with stars on them.
Make cards with different Roman Numerals on them; these will be drawn when a player lands on the star places. For the die, use a basic cube pattern with the Roman Numerals 1-6 glue or tape together.


Roll to see who will go first.
As the players move on the board, they collect cards with the Roman Numerals on them.
The person who finishes first receives 10 extra points.
The winner is the person with the most points after counting the points on the cards.


Observing as the students prepare their cards and games, knowledge of the game and counting the Roman Numerals.


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