Learning About Roman Numerals

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Story time and crafts for math? Yes, please!

We learned about Roman numerals by reading Fun with Roman Numerals and making clay coins.  We wrote Roman numerals on one side of the coins and regular digits on the other side.
 We had fun playing a game with the coins. We “charged” each other for things throughout the day, such as snack ($6), t.v. time ($13), and completing chores ($24).  Yes, I know, prices are expensive around here.  😉

My son tried to figure out how much to pay in Roman “money”. He did quite well, but the few times he got stuck, he could flip the coins over and see the regular numbers to help figure it out.

We made the coins using air-dry clay and a circle cutter from our collection of play dough accessories. We used a pencil to carve the numbers. Since it was a rainy day, we couldn’t let the coins dry out in the sun so we put them in the oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes on each side. The time may vary, depending on the thickness of the coin, but the clay turns a lighter color when dry.


We did this as part of our ancient history studies of Rome.

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