Do you know this date, MCCXV? What about MCMLXIII? I wanted my kids to be able to figure out tricky dates like those, so I made this Roman Numeral Packet over the break.
The first few pages introduce the Roman numerals and helped my youngest daughter understand how they were built. There is a table that the kids filled in with I=1, V=5, X=10, L=50, C=100, D=500, M=1000.
My older two know how to build the Roman numerals, but this was new for my youngest. I explained that
- the number 4 is build by having “one before five” — IV
- forty is “ten before fifty” — XL or
- four hundred is “100 before 500” — CD.
That is how it is written on the worksheet (though you can choose to print out the page where it is not written out that way).
Then over the course of a week or so, we practiced building the years of some famous dates in history. (Don’t worry if you are a bit rusty, the answers are also included!) You will find some examples of those famous dates below:
Let’s see how well you do! Look through some of the dates below, what are these two dates: MCCXV, MCMLXIII? (Scroll down to see if you are right!)
- The first gasoline powered automobile, 1885
- James Cook sailed to Australia, 1770
- French Revolution, 1789
- Sinking of the Titanic, 1912
- Magna Carta was signed, 1215
- Penicillin discovered, 1928
- Battle of Hastings, (Norman victory in England) 1066
- Nelson Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize, 1993
- Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I have a dream” speech, 1963
If you would like to download this free packet, just click on the link of picture below! I hope these are helpful! ~Liesl
Free Download: Roman Numerals Packet – Famous Dates in History
- MCCXV — Magna Carta was signed, 1215
- MCMLXIII — Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I have a dream” speech, 1963
Other math materials that might be of interest
- Critical Thinking Activities – Math Circles
- Math Should Never Be Boring! More Math Brain-Teasers (Free Printable)
- Learning the Multiplication Tables (2s through 9s) — As my daughter moved into learning her multiplication facts I looked around for the kind of multiplication practice that would help her. The math book she was using went through the math facts a bit too quickly for her. She needed quite a bit of repetition and wanted bright, colorful worksheets. I wound up making my own sets of practice pages and games. She loved that!
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