Make number analysis fun! Number Talk is a fun way to get critical thinking and speaking and listening skills actively going in math. Number Sense ,Place Value and Operations is a large part of math throughout the year. This activity is a rigorous way to get the children really thinking about their knowledge of place value, prime numbers, multiples and factors using the academic language. Use it as a skills review any time of the year. These printable cards are just one of my circle activities that I use to practice the trans- disciplinary skills of cooperation, social and communication to name a few.
This activity was designed for my 5th graders as a fun review of the speaking and listening strands and our CCSS Math standards. It can be used with 4th grade too. Each child has a number card depending on the skills that you are working on and the level that the child is within math. So easy to differentiate. They then have to listen to the inquiry cards, analyse the numbers and try to solve the problems. For example: What is the odd number out? 2, 7, 13 or 9? Or, create an equation using multiplication and division only to create an answer of 123. This is developing listening and thinking skills as well as communication and presentation as the children communicate their thoughts and share their solutions; learning that there is more than one solution for many problems within math.
There are 20 inquiry cards within this packet, a conversation bingo card, scratch paper and an instruction card. The cards can be used with 4th-6th grade and used within a whole class scenario or smaller groups, where the children are given several cards to read and think from.
The concept of number talk circles is a great ice breaker or a fun review of the IB skills and attitudes.
You can find more ideas and inquiry based activities on my blog at www.pypteachingtools.com.
~ Susan Powers