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From: Jana Poulsen

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2001011014:56:50
Subject: Front End Estimation

Many children do not have a strong sence of number value.  They will
accept any answer the calculator gives.  This is fine if they have
entered the correct numbers.  Without a quick reliable way to see if
the answer if close, they cannot check accuracy with readding and
readding to see if the anser is the same.

ex. 7091+8221+1089+5984
 front end 7000+8000+1000+5000=21000
calculator    791+821+1000+500=3112

Quickly they cann tell something is wrong.

Adults use this all the time!!

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