These matchstick puzzles are a fun way to reinforce Roman numerals while challenging students’ problem solving skills. To make things easier for more tactile students you can do the exercise with actual matchsticks. This is also an easy way to expand on the exercises on the worksheets. If you want to expand on the logic puzzle aspect there are a huge variety of matchstick puzzles on the internet.
While Roman numerals are not used as much as they were, they still show up regularly (sometimes in unexpected places). They also force kids to think about numbers in a different way. One of the more common ways Roman numerals are still used is to represent the year something important was done. Getting students to write out important dates in their life in Roman numerals is a fun way of consolidating the concept. This could also lead into a fun lesson about number systems around the world in the past and present including how the number system we use today came to be.
It also links nicely to examinations of the decimal (base 10) system that we use, and how it compares to other systems like the ones used for pounds or miles.
Hopefully with the huge range of fun, relevant, and engaging activities we create, your students will be laughing as they learn. Our very popular 10 Quick Questions a Day is fantastic way to provide the daily consolidation of concepts that children need.
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