What is expanded notation??? Then what is expanded form?... Every year I encounter confusion when it comes to collaboratively planning lessons for TEKS 4.2B- the Place Value TEKS. It specifically says “expanded notation” in the TEKS, but when you begin looking at resources to help the students practice and learn, you’ll notice that expanded notation seems to look two very different ways! When you get technical about the two different options, you’ll notice that the two forms are very much related. Expanded Notation is the more complete, formal form. It offers up a more concrete depiction of what is happening as we expand the number into the values of the digits that make up the number. It shows the digit multiplied by the place value that the digit represents. Expanded form cuts out the middle man, so to speak. Instead of showing the digit, it just shows the value of the digit. It shows the digit already multiplied by the place value. No parenthesis, no multiplication signs- a quicker way to expand. When I’m teaching expanded notation, I always teach the formal version first. By using the longer method, the students gain a better understanding of the quicker method. But remember, both methods deserve the attention needed to help kids internalize the representation. Click here for a digital resource you can use during whole group or small group instruction to help your students start building a deep understanding of expanded notation. You can show the Google Slides on your projector and work together to represent the value of each digit found in the number. Afterward, on scratch paper or on dry erase boards, have students write the expanded version of the number. You can type a new number over and over. Start with simpler numbers and work up to difficult ones that include decimals and lots of zeros. Be sure and use small digits so you don't waste time dragging too many value cards onto the work space. I suggest using digits that are 5 or below! Here is an example of the work space found on the free digital download. Notice how each digit now has cards representing the place value of each digit.Have the students first represent the number in expanded notation. The first digit, 3, is in the 1,000s place. Since there are three 1,000 cards, that portion of the expanded notation will be (3x1,000). The next digit, 2, is in the hundreds place. Since there are two 100 cards, that portion of the expanded notation will be (2x100). So far we have (3X1,000)+(2x100). Continue this way until all of the digits have been considered. In the end you have (3x1,000)+(2x100)+(4x10)+(5x1)+(2x.01). Once this part is completed, it's easy to recognize the expanded form. Just replace the parenthesis with the answer to the multiplication problem. Expanded form is just a shortcut of expanded notation.
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