Roman Numerals are one of those skills that seem unimportant until you realize you how often they show up all around you. You’ll see Roman numerals on everyday objects like clocks or buildings, but students progress into the science or law related subjects, you’ll start seeing Roman numerals showing up all over the place. Because of this, learning to read Roman numerals is a skill every student should be exposed to in the primary grades.
I’ve added a bunch of great Roman numeral resources to the site, including this Roman numeral converter and these Roman numeral charts. The Roman numeral charts are a great reference tool and include the rules for Roman numerals, so they could make the basis for a Roman numeral unit in the classroom.
But of course, you’ll need some worksheets for practice and assessment! With that in mind, here’s a collection perfect for your little Centurions to work on!
Radians or degrees, fractions or decimals… There are a lot of places in math (and definitely in other topics) where you can make a case for representing measurements in different forms.
But Roman numerals versus Arabic numerals, there you’ve got a much more compelling argument for letting the sands of history wear away at this 2,000 year old numbering system whose main claim to fame seems to be keeping track of how many times a certain prominent football game has been played (51, or Roman numeral “LI”, as of this post in case you’re curious.) Go ahead and disagree with me, and I’ll be assigning you some Roman numeral multiplication worksheets… We’ll see who gets the last laugh there!
Still, Roman numerals pop up in a number of odd spots unexpectedly and that makes at least knowing how to read them a necessary skill. You’ll bumble across them on traditional analog clock faces, page numbers for those pesky prefaces in books, that weird outline mode in Microsoft Word, and the “IV” at the end of your buddy’s name when his parents, grandparents and great-grand parents couldn’t think of a new first name besides “George” when the baby came. Any place where somebody wants to lend a certain historical gravitas, there too shall ye find Numeris Romanis.
So, learn them we must, but that doesn’t mean the process can’t be at least a little entertaining! This visual Roman numeral converter will help untangle some of the unusual nature of Roman numerals. It breaks down the more confusing parts of adding and subtracting values associated with Roman numeral digits making it a fantastic learning tool, and kind of fun to just play with…
When you’re learning Roman numerals, a Roman numerals chart is a great way to check yourself when tearing apart those tricky strings of X’s, V’s and C’s. Even if you’ve developed some proficiency with Roman numerals, often a chart is a great way to lookup values rather than go through the mental gymnastics required to turn a year into a Roman date. You can bet whatever guy whose job it is to cook up those copyright dates in the movie title credits is using a chart.
That said, several versions of the Roman numerals charts here include also the basic Roman digits along with rules for reading Roman numerals. When you’re trying to get the mechanics down, these charts provide the best of both worlds. They’d be a great addition to your Latin or Classics folders!