Show students the number line from 0 to one million with intermediate marks of one hundred thousand. Then ask students which number comes after 999,999. Show this using the place value chart with MHtTtThHTO chart. Tell students that the number has six zeroes. That is the same as 1,000 cubes each with 1,000 blocks! Show the number in the place value chart. Ask students to come up with what objects might exist in the millions. Two examples are given in the form of grains of sand and bacteria in your stomach. Other possible answers include dollars, inhabitants, tourists, etc. Ask students to think about this question in groups and then write their suggestions on the interactive whiteboard. Then together as a class see how many more you must add to the number 631,000 to make one million. Use the MHtTtThHTO chart to help make the steps required clear to the students. Start by composing the thousands, ten thousands, and hundred thousands. Then explain to students that there are two forms of notation for millions, namely fully and abbreviated. 1,300,000 can also be written as 1.3 million. Show the number in the chart. Then practice writing the given numbers both fully and in abbreviated forms. You need to be able to recognize and write both to be able to compare numbers. Explain that if you want to fully compare numbers, that you must write them fully. Practice this with a few comparisons. Then ask students to think about the different notations. When would you use the abbreviated form? And where would you use the fully written form? Abbreviating is much faster, as you don't need to write all of the zeroes. In addition you don't get confused with the number of zeroes that are required or where the comma's belong. Writing the numbers fully is important when you want to know exact numbers and it is important when you need to calculate using millions. Ask to see if students can come up with other examples or situations.
Check that students have been introduced to millions by asking the following questions:
- How many zeroes does 8 million have?
- How do you write 2.3 million fully?
- How do you write 0.7 million fully?
- Which is more, 3.4 million or 710,000?
- How many more do you need to add to 900,000 to reach 1 million?