Spark of the Day: Roman Numerals

Roman Numerals by Fran W.
Roman numerals may not be used as often as they once were, but they are still used in a variety of ways and can offer up a fun challenge for the day!


The basic symbols and number values are:

I =  1
V = 5
X = 10
L = 50
C = 100
D = 500
M = 1000

Print out this handy Roman numerals chart to use as a quick reference.

Here are few sites and activities that will give you the opportunity to learn about, play with, and use Roman numerals:
Roman numerals can be used to do basic mathematics and this site will show you how to add, subtract, multiply and divide with them.

On this site you will find out how to convert Arabic numbers into Roman numerals, learn how to remember the symbols used for Roman numerals, and how to write Roman numerals greater than 4000.

Once you start using Roman numerals, you may be interested in learning more about their history and current use.

Roman Numeral Converter New
Type in a number or Roman numeral to convert it one way or the other.

Suggested Uses...

Once you have spent some time learning how to use Roman numerals, it may be fun to use them in the following ways:

- To keep track of your score while playing games: cards, dice games, word games with points, etc.
- Write out math problems using Roman numerals.
- Write out the month, date, and year you, family members, and friends were born on.
- Write out your age and the age of family members and friends.
- Use Roman numerals when you number a list.
- Be aware of how Roman numerals are still used: Look for them on clocks and watches, in books, and on documents and television. Some books will write the copyright year or the chapter numbers in Roman numerals.
- Play a code game with Roman numerals! Here is how:

Roman Codes

Set-up:

Using lined paper, write the alphabet down one side of the page, then write a corresponding Roman numeral next to that letter. For example:  A - I, B - II, C - III, D - IV, E - V etc.

Directions:

Write a word or a message using Roman numerals rather than letters, then give it to someone to solve. Offer a key code to help break the code.

V XIV X XV XXV!

If you would like to do more with Roman numerals, try these online activities out!

Convert Arabic numbers to Roman numerals up to 3000 and vice versa

How well do you know Roman numerals? Play to find out!

Enjoy your spark of the day!


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1 comment:

  1. Did you write this post for me? I spent time looking up everything this morning and finally decided to give up. Thanks! We can't wait to use this!

    Mandie

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