Morning all, I've just read Norm's message and I find that I can only agree with him. When teaching Year 4 children I found that there are time when, given a specific context, they love "playing" with large numbers. Using a calculator can be lots of fun - particularly if the concept is, for example, a recurring pattern of numbers e.g. 22 x 4; 222 x 4, 2222 x 4 ...... I found that this is best done on the calculator initially and then asking my pupils to give me the next (and the next ...) number in the sequence. The more children play with numbers in a meaningful sense the greater their development of intuitive strategies for dealing with "real-life mathematical situations". (Not documented but a teacher's observation). Please enjoy your "warm" weather. Here it's a chilly 13"C. Regards, K.
Kevin J. Maguire School of Education Telephone: 61 3 9479 2080 La Trobe University Melbourne Victoria