10 full pages of worksheets for Number Wheels by Thomas Biesanz (Mister Numbers). New Right Brain Math iPhone Apps available in early September (Lite is free and full Wheel Math app is $.99. MisterNumbers has over 325,000 views of his animated 5 star videos on Youtube. He also has a book, DVD, and a series of iPhone apps coming up on his website: MisterNumbers.com. His Right Brain approach to multiplication is helping hundreds of thousands of kids, parents and teachers.
Learning Math times tables can be boring and frustrating and kids often develop a negative attitude about numbers. Number Wheels give kids a chance to play with numbers and learn the times tables, while developing a positive attitude about math. They ask to do it again.
The worksheets that are attached have tables set up to fill in patterns for ones-digits and tens-digits.
A Number Wheel is just a number line to 10 that is bent into a circle. When you count around the wheel past 9 you go back to 0. This is silly but it gives kids an opportunity to view lots of cool patterns when we focus on the Ones-Digits, nicknamed the Ones-ies. Tens-digit (Tensies) patterns also show up in different 3-D ways and when kids put them together they create the times tables. Other places that we see number wheels are car mileage odometers, gas and electric meters, and combination locks where the last wheel shows the Ones-ies.
Focus on having Fun and Playing on the Wheel. Be Curious. As kids get familiar with the Number Wheels, patterns become obvious. Learning to notice patterns is a natural and important learning strategy.