Liven it up with this color version of a printable 120 chart. The are versions of the charts that are missing numbers, plus a completely blank hundreds chart to fill in and use.
When would you use a 120 chart instead of a 100 chart? You may think it’s something to do with those pesky twelve times multiplication facts, but it’s actually something much more fundamental.
Kids will practice counting by ones and skip counting numbers and many basic arithmetic skills up through two digit numbers fairly readily. Because of this, when some kids count past one hundred, they’re not sure where to go next. If you ask a first grade or second grade student what number follows one hundred, you’ll occaisonally be surprised at the answer… I’ve gotten 110, 102, 200, and other values that would leave you flabbergasted.
One way to address this is using a 120 chart. By seeing the sequence of numbers on a 120 chart, a student has the opportunity to develop a mental framework for numbers that follow 100 and to start getting the sense that those place value concepts used to count ones and tens just carry over into hundreds as well. A 120 chart is just long enough to push kids over that one small hurdle, and it’s part of the reason the Common Core standards have encouraged fact practice up through 120.
The printable color 120 charts in this section will liven up your exploration of numbers greater than 100… Try them out with all the other activities where you might use a 100 chart!