Reading Larger Numbers Activity

In math, most teachers start the new year with some kind of number sense activity... place value, reading numbers, comparing numbers, etc.  One thing I have found with some of my fourth graders is that they have a hard time reading larger numbers.  They can break the number down into expanded form. They can tell you the value of the digits.  But, when it comes to reading really large numbers, it can be a challenge.  One thing I have done in the past is refer to the commas as 'last names', meaning that when you hit a comma, you need to add a word.  It goes something like this:

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