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Second-graders survive Place Value Boot Camp

Second-graders survive Place Value Boot Camp

High-energy event helps Bulldogs zero-in on math basics

ATTENNNNN-HUT!! Drop and give me ones, tens and hundreds.
 
Second-graders at W.A. Threadgill Primary School recently were shipped off to Place Value Boot Camp, where blood-pumping exercises and fun helped to “drill” in some basic math training.
 
 The boot camp took place on Friday, Sept. 6, in the halls of Threadgill, where students were marched through various exercises by teacher drill sergeants. 
 
W.A. Threadgill Primary School Second-Grade Teacher Anna Wicks said there are approximately 75 second-grade students in five classes. She said she planned the event in collaboration with the other second-grade teachers--Erica Martinez, Pam Collier, Brandi VanDyke and Katlyn Moore. 
 
Teachers The teacher’s aim with the boot camp was to help get students out of their traditional classroom setting and give them exercises that would reinforce the place value lessons they have been reviewing over the past couple of months.
 
“Our team just wanted to do something that would be a high-energy and engaging event to wrap up our lesson unit on place values,” Wicks said.
 
Teachers transformed the hallways to resemble an army base and dressed up as drill sergeants with face paint and camouflage clothes.
 
“Students learned how to stand at attention, how to march and how to respond with ‘Sir, yes, sir,’” Wicks said. “It was very high-energy. They had a blast. We were all yelling and screaming, but to see the smiles on their faces and to hear the laughter--that’s what it’s about.”
 
Wicks said she believes the event was well worth the effort for teachers to put together, saying that getting students excited about and fully-engaged in learning is priceless.
 
There were five themed stations set up where students participated in various drills, such as jumping through inflatable inner tubes that resembled tires and then had to write three-digit numbers into the expanded format.
 
Wicks said another station was named “The Place Value Scoot,” where students obeyed drill orders to scoot to various number notecards and write the number shown in standard form.
 
The next station had students write the word form of numbers and army crawl under tables to collect the digits needed to create that number.
 
One station had inflated balloons, which the Bulldog recruits would pop to find a piece of paper with a three-digit number. Once found, they had to build the number with base-ten blocks.
 
At the last station, students created their very own dog tags. Wicks said they were given different snacks that represented place values and numbers and the students would determine their dog tag ID number from the number they determined.
 
All students were given an army tattoo for completing the camp and were able to get their photo made in front of a green screen and an “I survived Place Value Boot Camp” backdrop was superimposed behind them.
 
Wicks is currently in her first year as a teacher in Sheffield City Schools. She said she will definitely be researching and planning out more themed events in the future to help.
 
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