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Background
Lesson Plan
Hiroshi Nakano
Lesson Plan Transcript
Blackboard
, Teacher, Tokyo Gak~gei University, Setagaya Elementary School
Postlesson Discussion Transcript
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BACKGROUND
Japanese Counting System
The Japanese counting system is
similar to the system used in the United
States. The Japanese numbers are written
like U.S. numbers and, for numbers
ranging from 1-9999, are read with a very
similar number-naming scheme. For each
place value, there is an indicator of how
many in that place. For example, a
number like 32 would be read as san jug
ni which translates literally as three Jim
(i.e., tens) two. This is somewhat like
"thirty two" where the word "thirty" is
used to refer to three tens, and "two"
indicates there are two units or ones.
The number 532 is go hyaku san jug ni,
or five hyaku ~un(lre(ls), three jug (tens),
two much like our "five hundred thirty
two." This similarity continues through
the thousands. So a number like 6532
would be read as rokku sen go hyaku san
jug ni, which is six sen (thousands), five
hyaku ~un(lre(ls), three jug (tens), two.
The American and Japanese number-
naming systems, however, (liverge after
the number 9999. The U.S. number
system goes in blocks of three for unit
names: hun(lre(ls, thousands, millions,
anti so on. The Japanese number system,
however, uses unit names in blocks of
four. Whereas an American would read
16532 as "sixteen thousand, five hun(lre(l,
thirty two," specifying how many thousands
there are (i.e., sixteen), the Japanese
specify how many ten thousand there are.
The Japanese wor(1 for "ten thousand" is
"man". Thus, 16532 is read as ichi man
rokku sen go hyaku san jug nit This
translates as one man (ten thousand), six
sen (thousan(ls), five hyakyu ~un(lre(ls),
three jug (tens), two.
Just as in English, rather than saying
"thousand thousand" we introduce the
word "million". In Japanese, rather than
saying "man man" (ten thousand ten
thousan(ls), the new wor(1 "ok~," meaning
"hun(lre(1 million" is use(l. The naming of
the next four place values follows the
same naming pattern as above, except
with the unit oku instead of man.
Number Place Value Name (Japanese) Place Value Name (English)
., .
Icnl ones
10 jou ten
100 hyaku hundred
1000 sen thousand
10,000 ichi (one) man ten thousand
100,000 jou (ten) man hundred thousand
1,000,000 hyaku thunclrecl) man one million (new place value name)
10,000,000 sen (thousancl) man ten million
100,000,000 ichi (one) oku (new place value name) one hundred million
1,000,000,000 jou (ten) oku one billion (new place value name)
10,000,000,000 hyaku (hundred} oku ten billion
100,000,000,000 sen (thousancl} oku one hundred billion
1,000,000,000,000 ichi (one} cho one trillion (new place value name)
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Large Numbers at Gracle Four: Problems Coverec! in the Lesson
The mathematics objective in the fourth grade was to have students understand and
work with large numbers, beginning in this lesson with a particular focus on the unit,
okay. In the lesson, students solved four problems that dealt with the quantity or measure
of one okay objects. Using a "hint" provided by the teacher, students tried to determine
how much one okay would be.
Problem 1. What is the height of a stack of 1-ok?z (1 hundred miBion) yen if you
use 1-man yen bills?
Hint:
If you stack 1-man yen bills for lOO-man yen, the height of the bills will
be ~ centimeter.
Answer: lOO-man centimeters high.
On the board:
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Problem 2. How many classrooms would 1-ok?z (~1 hundred miBion) liters of
water fig?
Hint: lO-man liters would fill half a classroom.
Answer: 500 classrooms.
On the board:
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Problem 3. How many Sato-san's (a student named Sato) w'll it take to make
1-ok?z (~1 hundred miBion) kilograms?
Hint: 500 Sato-sans weigh I-man kilograms.
Answer: 500-man people.
On the board:
- It
1-man Fig
1 layout Imll
1-oku~
(~700O,000)
500 people
1 1~.111~11.
500-~n peddle
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Problem 4. How long is a row of 1-oku Daraemon comic books?
Hint:
If you line up I-man Daraemon comic books in a row, it wall be 150
meters long.
Answer: lOO-man meters.
On the board:
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LESSON PLAN
December 7, 1999 (Tuesday), 5th period
Setagaya Elementary School (a primary school attached to Tokyo
Gakugei University Education Department}
Fourth Grade (class #id 40 Students (M. 20, F. 20}
Instructor: Hiroshi Nakano
1. Name of the Unit: Large Numbers
2. The Goal of the Unit:
Understanding the structure, how to read, and how to write the large
whole numbers that reach up to "Okay (100 million)" and "Cho (~1 trillion)" and
deepening the understanding of the decimal positional notation system.)
Interest, Desire, and Attitude
A. Try to find a better way of thinking (solving) and commonality between two
different solutions by presenting own ideas to the class and listening to others'
ideas.
B. Show an interest in large numbers in everyday life and try to use or try to
investigate them.
Mathematical Thinking
C. Using previously learned knowledge of the number system of the numbers up to
one thousand, a student can think about the system of large numbers that reach
up to "okay (100 million)" and "cho (~1 trillion)."
D. Understanding the relative size of large numbers based on the system of the unit
used for numbering.
Expression and Manipulation
E. Be able to write and read the numbers up to "cho (~1 trillion)."
Knowledge and Understanding
F. Understand the numbers up to "cho (~1 trillion)", and that the system is based on
a decimal positional notation system.
3. About the Unit:
Up to now, my students learned numbers up to ~ man (ten thousand) by
counting numbers when they were second grade students. During the third
grade, they learned the numbers up to 1000 man (10 million) based on previ-
ously learned knowledge of the number ~ man (10 thousand). In this unit, the
~ (Translator's note) The numeration system for place value in English and Japanese is different. In
English, different numerations are used every three place value. For example, thousand, million, billion, and
trillion. In Japanese, different numerations are used every four place values. For example, "Man (10
thousand)," "Oku (100 million)," and "Cho (1 trillion)."
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study of the size of whole numbers comes to the final stage, and the study range
of the large numbers reaches to "oku (100 million)" and "Cho (1 trillion)." As the
study of the size of whole numbers approaches this stage, the most important
study points of this unit become the students' understanding of the decimal
positional notation system, the Japanese numeration system, and the relative
size of large numbers.
The decimal positional notation system has the following main points:
· When numbers reach 10, it is a new unit.
· The quantity of each unit is determined by the place of the numbers.
· The number "O" is used to show that there is no value in the unit
(place).
The students were already exposed to these main points when they were in
first though third grade. In this unit, the students wall learn that all whole
numbers are expressed using the numbers O though 9 based on the previously
learned principles mentioned above.
Japanese numerations were invented for showing a large number using the
small number of units. For example, the unit goes up "ichi (one)," "Jim (ten),"
"hyaku hundred)," and "sen (thousand)." Moreover, the cycle of these units is
used to show larger numbers combined with the other units "man (10 thou-
san(l)", "oku (100 million)", anti "cho (1 trillion)" that are used for every four
place values. In this unit the students wall understand the merit of the Japanese
numerations as well as recognize the necessity for a unit for large numbers like
"oku (100 million)" and "cho (1 trillion)."
In a(l(lition, to fostering the students' ability to look at large numbers
relatively by thinking about how many ~ man (10 thousand), the need to create
large numbers like "oku (100 million)" and "cho (1 trillion)" is an important
concept in this unit. The ability to look at numbers relatively means "1 oku (100
million) can be shown as ~ man (10 thousand if we look at the number base(1 on
1-Man unit." Therefore such ability is very important in order to foster a rich
sense of numbers among the students. The ability to look at numbers relatively
is important in order to deepen the understanding of the decimal system and
eventually becomes useful for estimating numbers anti calculating with (leci-
mals. Moreover, the image of large numbers such as "oku (100 million)" and
"cho (1 trillion)" wall be enriched by looking at numbers relatively.
4. Gui(lelines for Instruction (6 lessons):
The first lesson (this lesson): (A) Based on the previously learned knowI-
edge of the number system up to 1000 man (10 million), the student wall learn
that there are units like "oku (100 million)" and "cho (1 trillion)" above the
numbers they previously stu(lie(1 and learn about the mechanism of those large
numbers. (B) Think about the size of ~ oku (100 million).
The second lesson: Un(lerstan(ling how to write and rea(1 the numbers
more than ~ oku (100 million).
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The third lesson: Thinking about how to express whole numbers when the
numbers were multiplied by 10, 100, and I/10.
The fourth lesson: Recognizing the merits of the decimal positional nota-
tion system through understanding that any size of whole numbers can be
expressed using the numbers O though 9.
The fifth lesson: Calculating addition and subtraction of large numbers.
The sixth lesson: Doing problems.
5. About the Learning of This Lesson:
The focal point of this lesson is learning about new units like "oku (100
million)" and "cho (1 trillion)." However these units are often used on TV and in
books; therefore, the names of units are not foreign concepts to the students.
Particularly the unit "oku" is often used in "3 oku yen lottery" in everyday life.
Thus the unit "oku" is not really new to the students. Although the students
know the word "ok~," ~ suspect that they do not know the fact that the unit is
nested in the highly developed Japanese numeration system, and they have not
understood the actual quantity of the unit. Therefore ~ considered these circum-
stances to develop this lesson. When presented with a number more than ~ oku
(100 million), students respond as follows: "we cannot read more than 1000 man
(10 million) (because they have not learned it)." Then the teachers often used
the response as a problem that the whole class needs to solve. This was a
common way to start this lesson. However, as ~ described above, the problem
like "we cannot read more than 1000 man (10 million)" is not a good whole class
problem. It may be used individually, but it will be not natural to use it as a
whole class problem.
Therefore, at the introduction of this lesson, ~ decided to check the stu-
dents' previously learned knowledge. In other words, ~ decided to check the
students' knowledge of the numeration system up to 1000 man (10 million).
Sen Hyaku Juu Ichi Sen Hyaku Juu Ichi
I Man I Man I Man I Man l l l l
By presenting this kind of chart, the students (even the students who do
not know the unit "oku") can notice the cycle of "ichi (one)," "jug (ten)," "hyaku
(100)," and "sen (1000)," and the new cycle begins after the number reached
"sea," and "ichi"comes next. In addition, the students can notice that after "sen
man" a new unit wall be needed. In this way, the knowledge that the students
learned previously can be used for learning this lesson. By checking the level of
understanding of previously learned knowledge and making sure that the
students notice the system of the numbers, then we can teach that the new unit
that comes after sen man is "oku" and the units "ichi," "jug," "beaks," and "see"
form a cycle. ~ believe that this kind of introduction to this lesson wall provide
for the different kinds of student needs. The students who did not know the new
unit "oku" will learn the necessity of a new unit in order to make numbers more
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than 1000 man. And the students who already knew the unit "oku" will have a
chance to deepen their understanding of the Japanese numeration system and
recognize the merit of the system.
As ~ mentioned before, many students today are exposed to the unit "oku."
However, ~ have doubts that the students actually have a sense of the quantity of
~ oku. (100 million). Therefore, after the students have recognized that the unit
"oku" comes after "1000 man" and that the unit is nested in part of the Japanese
numeration system, ~ decided to prepare an activity that makes the students
actively think about the quantity of the number ~ oku.
For example:
· How high is a stack of ~ man yen bills if we have ~ oku yen?
If we imagine this classroom as a cup to ladle out ~ oku liter of water,
how many cups would it be?
· How many children do we need in order to have a weight of ~ oku
kilogram?
These are the kinds of activities that ~ plan to have. Even these quantities
that we wall talk about during the activities are often difficult to imagine in reality
so we need to imagine in our head. (For example, the quantity of ~ oku liter of
water is about 500 classroom "cups".) However, because you cannot actually
count, it is very hard to imagine how large population numbers and budget
numbers are that are presented as examples in the textbooks. Moreover, just
practicing reading and writing such numbers represented in the textbooks wall
not help this situation. Therefore, those numbers may become meaningless
numbers that the students wall see just on their desks. Even if the students
cannot see the actual size of the numbers in front of their eyes, ~ believe that
preparing some activities to help them to see the quantity of ~ oku in various
ways will help (levelop the students' interest in the number ~ oku.
In addition, ~ believe that helping the students see the number ~ oku in
more concrete ways as ~ proposed above wall help foster students' understanding
of the relative size of numbers. For example, the height of the stack of ~ man
yen bills wall be ~ centimeter for 100 man yen. The height of the stack of ~ man
yen bills wall be 100 centimeter for ~ okay yen. In this case, the students can
imagine the relationship of the two numbers, 100 man and ~ okay (100 times of
100 man is ~ okay) using the example of the thickness of bills. ~ would like to
plan this lesson, incorporating the mentioned activities, to support the students
discovering the relative size of numbers on their own.
6. This Lesson:
(~) The Goal of This Lesson:
· Based on the previously learned knowledge of the principles of the
Japanese numeration system up to 1000 man (10 million), the students
think about what kind of unit names might be logical to use. And the
students will learn that the new units such as "okay" and "cho" also
follow the principles of the Japanese numeration system.
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· Understanding the relative size of the number ~ okay using various ~ okay
things and using the knowledge to solve a problem (the length of ~ okay
comic books).
· Developing interest in thinking about the quantity of ~ okay.
Learning Activities2
Main Hatsumon (question) and
students' anticipated reaction.
* Evaluation
+ Points to remember
I. Checking the students' previously
learned knowledge (concepts)
T *How can YOU read the number
· ICE," ~ I`, ·~,J~1 ~
5-a 2-Man 5-Sen
identify the unit/position
per?
1 2 1 5 1 2 1 5 T 7 T ° 1 6
Hyaku Juu Ichi Sen Hyaku Juu Ichi
1 Man I Man I Man l l l l
e anything from this
be two cycles of
-sen.
a~-hyak?~-sen cycle does
hing added but the
a~-hyak?~-sen cycle has
unit.
write when we multiply
by TO?
down a "O" at the end of
5706.
clarify the unit/position
per?
hildren
+ Tell the students that the rule for
adding "O" at the end of a number
means multiplying the number by 10
was previously learned knowledge.
+ Tell the students that they learned the
concepts when they were in third
gra(le.
~ · ~ AV Y. ~" ~ ~ V ~
12525706?
C: Sen 2-Hyaku
7-Hyaku 6.
T: Why(lon'tw'
of each num}
C:
1
Sen
Man
T: Di(1 you noti
chart?
C: The units ha,
ichi-juu-hyak,
C: The first ichi
not have any
secon(1 ichi-j:
man for each
T: What can we
this number
C: We can write
number -1252
T: Why(lon'tw~
of each num]
2 T. Teacher; C, c
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Although the zeros increase by one, it shouldn't be that easy like 10
man because it's a continuation of the increase.
Student: I think what Shirai-kun saiJ the pattern of the increasing zeros was just
speculation.
So I think, the reasons...because of the pattern of the increasing zeros or
because the units are different...are not right.
Student: When we started this lesson, nobody told us there is a pattern like that
and the increasing pattern is not a rule. So it is his own convenient
reason.
Teacher: So what Jo you think, Shirai-kun~
Some said, "Your own convenient reason" or something like that or it's too
much to say "because I see the pattern here./'
However, the reason that somebody gave "The numbers are the same even
though the units are different./'
What Jo you think about this statements
Teacher: Well, we are going over the time limit by a lot but
We will end this lesson with tentative agreement that the answer might be
lOmantimes.
Then during tomorrow's lesson, we will look at Matsumoto-kun, Hayashi-
kun, and Maho-san's answers,
and think about how long a row will be if we had 1 -oku Doraemon books.
Nakano-sensei ended the class by asking students to write down their thoughts about
the lesson in their notebooks and to turn them in.
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POSTLESSON DISCUSSION TRANSCRIPT
December 7, ]999
Monitor:
Let's start the postlesson discussion with the teacher's (who taught the lesson) self-
reflection about the lesson.
Teacher:
In teaching this unit ("Large Numbers"), ~ wanted to make this lesson help the stu-
dents foster the image of the size of large numbers like oku (100 million)" and "cho (1
trillion)." By preparing the lesson in this way, ~ thought that the students can be inter-
ested in a number like "oku", and they will have a desire to investigate it on their own.
However, the actual lesson did not go as well as ~ had thought. By having the students
work on several problems to help their thinking about the relative size of the number ~
oku (100 million) using a quiz show format, ~ thought they could use the newly acquired
concept (the relative size of numbers) and be able to solve the Doraemon problem
(comic book problem). However, in the actual lesson, the students could not see the
merit of using the concept of the relative size of the number ~ oku. Particularly the
concept that ~ oku is ~ man times ~ man.
Monitor:
Please ask questions if you have any.
A
.
When did the students learn that, "if you multiply a number by 10 then the number
will have "O" at the end of the number (in the one's position)," that is necessary for this
lesson?
Teacher:
In our school's curriculum, this unit comes after "Multiplication of Large Numbers."
noticed that some textbooks use the opposite order. In the unit of "Multiplication of
Large Numbers" the students learned the multiplication of numbers like "200 x 30" and
they learned the concept of adding "O" at the end of the number.
B:
~ notice that you did not write down the concept of adding "O" when a number is
multiplied by 10 on the blackboard. Do you have any reason for not doing that?
Teacher:
~ thought ~ would write down the concept when one of the students mentioned some-
thing like "because the number was multiplied by 1000 we need to add three zeros at the
end of the number."
Ito:
Is your definition of "image of ~ oku" similar to the definition "1 oku is a very large
number?"
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Teacher:
~ was thinking about the definition and the relative size of the number ~ oku which is
something like ~ oku is ~ man times ~ man.
Monitor:
C:
If you have any opinions please tell us.
I question whether the students deepened their understanding of the concepts of the
relative size of large numbers from today's lesson. For example, when the students were
working on the Draemon comic book problem, the students did not seem to realize the
size difference of 10 man times ~ man and ~ man times ~ man. ~ thought the students
were thinking as if one of the numbers has one more "O" than others. ~ thought they are
not really conceptualizing the size of these large numbers. Therefore, the conversation
between the teacher and the students was more focused on the "trickiness" of the
numbers rather than the actual size. ~ thought the teacher should have used more
visually convincing materials to show the size to the students. For example, the teacher
could use something like a number line.
D:
When ~ teach this lesson, ~ try to convince the students how large ~ oku is by creating
materials that wall help the students to visualize the size of the number. Thus, ~ use a 1-
millimeter grid for the lesson. ~ use a ~ millimeter by ~ millimeter square and have
students think about how large the figure wall be if we have 1-oku (100 million) squares.
If we do it this way, ~ oku becomes a ~ meter by 10 meter rectangle. So while ~ was
watching the lesson, ~ thought that if the students can not conceptualize the size of ~ okay,
it is very difficult for the students to know the relative size of ~ oku. ~ know that you
cannot bring actual I-man yen bills to show the height differences between lOO-man yen
and I-oku yen, but the teacher needed to show the height of both cases so that the
students feel how much these numbers are different.
C:
~ understand your suggestion, but ~ thought showing actual number size differences
and letting the students experience it is the content of the third grade curriculum. ~
think in the fourth grade it is much important to acquire the concept of the relative size
of the large numbers, and the focus of the lesson should be on that.
Ito:
The concept of relative size of the large numbers is a really important concept the
students need to learn in the fourth grade. However, some aspects of learning large
numbers overlap in the thir(1 anti fourth gra(les. Therefore, based on the numeration of
whole numbers, the students need to see how large the numbers are by using different
types of quantities (i.e., length, volume, weight, etch. If the students do not have an
image for how large the large numbers with different units are, ~ think it is a very
dangerous situation. The scenario to have the students acquire such an image of large
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numbers should not occur by the teacher telling them. Instead, it is better for the
students to think about the image.
For example, the teacher can ask the students "please think about the number by
using something you can imagine."
In addition, when we use large numbers to show the size of large objects, we usually
used a larger measurement unit in order to show its quantity. For example, we use the
measurement unit kilometers when we talk about a very long distance instead of meters.
When we teach this lesson, we should also think that we need to be consistent, just like
teaching units of measurements. When we talk about how far the sun is from the earth,
even if we used the unit of kilometers it will be a very large number. ~ hope that we can
make the students understand that the numbers that they are learning now are very
large numbers.
F·~e
UJ11:
~ thought if the teacher went over the relationship of numbers such as "Coke liter
equals 500 classrooms" and "Coke kilogram equals 500-man children" then the students
could gain a better image of the number ~ oku. They should have a chance to talk about
something like "if we have 500 classrooms, we can not fit all the classrooms in our school
property." If the teacher and the students could have such conversations and had gone
over those problems more carefully, ~ thought the students could feel that the number
oku is a very large number.
Shimizu:
~ think the students usually do not have a good concept of large numbers like these.
think there is a tendency for students usually to think that ~ oku and 10 oku are not so
different in size. ~ thought today's lesson had a good exercise for the students in esti-
mating the size of the large numbers by changing the yardstick of the unit (e.g., looking
at I-oku kilogram by 20 kilogram of a child).
The lesson went from length, volume, weight, and back to length when the students
worked on the Draemaon (comic book) problem. ~ thought that if the teacher related
the two length problems it might be more effective for the students' understanding.
Ito:
~ thought the lesson went too fast. ~ thought the teacher could go over the concept if
the number is multiplied by 1000, then the resulting number has three zeros added.
E:
Up to the Draemon problem, the explanation of each problem was something like
"because ~ centimeter became 100 centimeters is why it is 100 times; therefore, ~ oku is
100 man's 100 times." However, when the students needed to work on the Draemon
problem, the students needed to think about ~ oku is ~ man times ~ man first, then
multiply the 150 meter by ~ man. In other words, the students needed to know how
many times ~ man is in ~ oku in order to solve this problem. Therefore, the teacher
nee(le(1 to gui(le the students to think ~ oku equals how many times for specifie
numbers.
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F·~e
UJll:
~ noticed the same thing. Up to the Doraemon problem all the explanations for each
problem were: "1 centimeter became 100 centimeter so it is 100 times" and "A half of
classroom became 500 classrooms so it is 1000 times." ~ thought the explanation of each
problem should be: "Because from 100 man to ~ oku is 100 times so ~ centimeter is also
multiplied by 100 to become 100 centimeters."
Ito:
Because the first three problems were in a quiz show format, ~ guess the response to
the problems were "right" or "wrong," but ~ think the situation of "1 centimeter became
100 centimeters so it is 100 times" should have been gone over carefully by identifing
how many zeros we needed to add and thinking about the relation of 100 man and ~ oku.
Teacher:
~ thought my students could understand 100 times by looking at the relationship
between ~ centimeter and 100 centimeters.
F·~e
UJll:
The explanation used in the lesson was that way, but actually the 100 times should be
found in the relation between 100 man and ~ oku.
B:
~ have a comment on the students' answers for those problems. When the students
were working on the second problem that used liters, one of the students said "~-oku
liters equals 12 classrooms" although the students worked on the first problem, ~ oku is
100 times 100 man. ~ thought the student's response was clearly a wrong guess. The
teacher mentioned that he wanted to do the first couple of problems in a quiz show style,
but does he really think that it is okay for the students to guess the answers. ~ think
guessing without thinking is not good especially after the teacher provided a hint for
solving the problem.
Teacher:
In my mind it was more like a guessing quiz show style until the second problem that
used liters. ~ wanted to discuss the problem as a mathematics problem so some of the
students start to think about how they can find the answer by calculating.
C:
If ~ were a student in the classroom, ~ would like to know the size of 1-oku liter by
relating to the I-liter container that the teacher showed in the classroom. The teacher
gave a half of the volume of the classroom as a hint to think about the problem, but in my
mind ~ felt like the hint did not come from any relation to the container. ~ thought the
same way for the weight problem. ~ thought the students wanted to know the relation-
ship between ~ kilogram and 1-oku kilograms, and the hint of a chil(l's weight was
introduce as a surprise.
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Teacher:
Because the focus of the lesson was to have the students foster their ability to look at
the relative size of the numbers, the numbers that ~ prepared for those hints were
artificially chosen numbers. ~ understand what you said, but ~ think there is a value for
looking at the relative size of the numbers something like "1 oku equals ~ man ~ man
times," even if the hints were somewhat artificially chosen ones.
F·~e
UJll:
~ think the students can easily imagine the size of 1-oku liters if they are told it is about
the size of "500 classrooms" rather than telling them it is "1 oku times 1-liter container."
In today's lesson, the teacher was helping the students to understand the relative size of
numbers by talking about an absolute size comparison of "~-oku liters equals the size of
500 classrooms" and relative size comparison of "I- oku liters equals 1000 times lO-man
litters." ~ thought the teacher was covering these two aspects of the relative size of
numbers using "length," "volume," and "weight."
B:
~ think it is hard to express a large number like ~ oku if we don't use an absolute
comparison. ~ think even you said 1-oku liter. It is hard to express the size without using
the size of"pools" and "classrooms."
Monitor:
Often people express a large number using the height of the Tokyo Tower.
Ito:
Even in this case ~ thought the teacher could have asked the students, 'what should
we use to show how large I-oku liters is? Should we use the size of this classroom which
everyone knows very well?" ~ wanted to have a better flow for the lesson by having the
teacher include a conversation like this.
A.
.
In this lesson, "1 oku is 100 man times 100 man" was talked about as one of the quiz
style problems. ~ think the teacher needed to go over these explanations carefully, using
a chart (the chart shows each position (unit) of the number). Using the chart the
teacher could explain, "because the numbers moved two positions on the chart, the
number was multiplied by 100." ~ think such clear explanations could help the students
be able to solve the problem such as the Draemon problem. Although the students had
already learned some parts of concept of the decimal positional notation system using
the chart in the third grade, ~ thought the content that was introduced in today's lesson
was a little bit difficult for the students to learn. ~ thought the content that was taught in
today's lesson should have moved to the third lesson of this unit. Learning about the
concept that a zero is added because the number was multiplied by 10 should come after
the students fully understand the concept of the decimal positioning notation system.
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Monitor:
Finally, ~ wouic! like to ask the advisers to comment on the lesson and close this
· ~
c .lscusslon.
Shimizu:
The lesson style that we often see these clays is the problem solving style (mondai
kaiketsu-gata) that goes through the steps of posing a problem, students solve the
problem on their own, student presentation and discussion, etc. However, ~ think some
lessons can be different from the problem solving style just like tociay's lesson. The
focal point of the discussion tociay was "sense (feeling) of quantity (of large numbers)."
In tociay's lesson the teacher was trying to foster the students' sense of large numbers.
Therefore, ~ thought the teacher needled to go over the clecimal positional notation
system using the chart that was mentioned by someone before. In aciclition, the students
learned four problems tociay, but ~ thought the teacher needled to go over the problems
more carefully and unify the relationship in them. ~ thought the teacher needled to use a
visual that shows ~ oku as a center of the focus and use some arrows to inclicate "1000
times 100 man" and "1 man times ~ man." If the teacher hac! a chance to use a diagram,
that might help the students' unclerstancling of the relation between the numbers.
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FUJll:
Because the problems were introclucec! in a quiz show style, ~ thought the lesson cirew
the students' attention well. ~ thought the students were thrilled waiting to fief! out the
sizes of the number 1-oku which were presented in length, volume, and weight. ~
thought these experiences helnec! foster students' conception of the quantity of large
numbers. The differences between what students learn in the thirc! ant! fourth gracle
are that thircI-gracle students learn the number as clecimal numbers and the fourth-gracle
students learn the numeration system (where different numerations are used every four
positions). In other words, the second one shows that "1 man times ~ man" becomes a
new unit "ok~," and if we multiply the number by ~ man again, we will get another new
unit. ~ thought tociay's lesson was carefully planed to cover the concept well. The
numbers "1 man times ~ man" show the characteristic of the number ~ oku well. Anc!
the teacher mentioned, this relation in the problem of kilograms en c! Doraemon. How-
ever, as some people mentioned the explanation of the relation of the numbers shouic!
not be "100 times ~ centimeter equals 100 centimeters," it shouic! be "100 times 100 man
equals ~ oku." If the explanation hac! been this way, ~ thought the students couic! have
solved the Doraemon problem.
Ito:
In this unit, the focus of the lesson is usually on learning about the concept of the
numeration system, and the lessons tenc! to be not so interesting. ~ think the teacher's
effort in preparing a thought out lesson that is more attractive for the students can be
praised highly. ~ think these kincis of lessons need to be more fun. However, this unit
introduces not only the numeration system but also the clecimal positional notation
system. The merit of the clecimal positional notation system is that the position of a
number moves up one, which means the number was multipliec! by 10. ~ thought that if
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the teacher could go over this in the decimal positional notation system where the
number was multiplied by 100 and 1000, the lesson could have been better.
~ noticed that there was a student who wanted to show 150 man meters using kilome-
ters. ~ thought the student's effort was important. Moreover, ~ hope that the teacher
also spends some time to help visualize the size of the number used in kilometers. In
many cases, students do not know how far apart Tokyo is from Osaka. ~ think using
such numbers for the two cities could provide a clearer image of large numbers. If the
teacher could present something that the students could use to 'feel' how large a number
is, ~ thought the lesson would have been better.
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the teacher could go over this in the decimal positional notation system where the
number was multiplied by 100 and 1000, the lesson could have been better.
~ noticed that there was a student who wanted to show 150 man meters using kilome-
ters. ~ thought the student's effort was important. Moreover, ~ hope that the teacher
also spends some time to help visualize the size of the number used in kilometers. In
many cases, students do not know how far apart Tokyo is from Osaka. ~ think using
such numbers for the two cities could provide a clearer image of large numbers. If the
teacher could present something that the students could use to 'feel' how large a number
is, ~ thought the lesson would have been better.
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