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When my grandson Stevie was in third grade, my son Karl sent a copy of a letter from Stevie's teacher. The letter was accompanied by a life-size silhouette of Stevie's profile. Dear Parents, Let me introduce myself. I am Stevie A's shadow. My name is Flat Justin. I would really enjoy it if you would send me through the mail to one of your family members that lives out of town. Please ask them to take me to places of interest around their town, take pictures of me, and write about where I've gone and all of my adventures. I thought that this was a terrific idea, so I invited some kids to go adventuring with Flat Justin. We walked along Santa Rosa creek and saw lots of birds. George Firedrake, who is a dragon, gave Justin a ride on his kite. After the walk, Justin and the other kids all learned how to count in Japanese. Japanese words for numbers are like base 10 block numbers, so it is easy to learn how to say and write numbers. We made lots of numbers, and played games with dice and base 10 blocks and dixie cups and lima beans and – but that's another story for another time. Sayonara


  • World Languages > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • K


umber count ichi ni san base10 baseten Japanese TOMT



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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 2, as of 2008-07-02.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 2

Reviewer Comments:

Content presented here is expansion of whole numbers up to 100(and well beyond) and base ten number structures. The Japanese need only a combination of 11 words to create all the numbers up to 100. The creation of each number’s pronunciation is connected to base ten system (expanded form) that one might cover in elementary. This content can be easily structured to fit any grade level elementary through middle school. This resource encourages game play as a means to evaluate concept attainment but the CRT notes there is no assessment attached to this lesson.
Lani J
October 23, 2011
I appreciate the concept of base-ten counting presented here. When my children were in 1st and 2nd grade, they did similar counting (in English): one, two, three, four, five, six,…

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