When students brought in their large number facts last Thursday, we used the opportunity for some oral language skills as well. Each student presented their information in front of the group, while their classmates were responsible for recording key notes, asking for clarification when needed (as good listeners do).
The next day, groups were given the same numbers and facts as a mixed pile. Together they found matches, and then worked to sequence the numbers from least to greatest.
A few of the interesting facts we heard: Did you know there were 15 000 vacuum cleaner related accidents in 1990? That in one year, Americans eat 1.2 million pounds of chips and buy 3 million miles of dental floss?