Have you ever wanted to incorporate a Number of the Day routine into your daily schedule, but don’t know where to begin?
Do you like the “idea” of a Number of the Day routine, but can’t seem to find the time to fit it into your day?
Are you apprehensive about beginning this routine because you have so many different ability levels in your classroom?
If you answered “YES!” to any or all of the above questions, this set of Number of the Day templates is all you need to get started!
About the Templates:
The Number of the Day is blank on every template, so you can differentiate the numbers based on your students’ abilities quickly and easily.
The blank templates also save space in your file drawer! Who needs a paper for every possible number? Just pick an appropriate number, and either fill it in and photocopy, or simply photocopy first and then ask your students to write it in. Now you are ready to go!
Templates are black and white for ease of reproducing, but the design is fun and will keep students interested.
Templates are in order according to difficulty. Do you have a student who needs challenged? Give him/her a more difficult template. Similarly, if you have students who struggle, give them an easier template.
The blank template also allows you to choose the number you want your students to work on that day. It doesn’t have to be the number of days in school! The blank template allows you to choose any number you want which makes this routine much more challenging. If the number of the day is just larger by one every day, this routine loses its value. Mix it up! The kids love the mystery!
Why Take Time for Number of the Day Routines?
It builds automaticity with number representations and number sense
This routine also builds confidence because these templates can be used so flexibly. No matter how much background your students come to you with, they can work at the level that works best for him/her, and eventually work their way up to more difficult templates and numbers
It gets your students thinking about quantity and provides a better understanding of place value as a result
This routine is quick, so you can easily fit it into your day whenever you have a little extra time (homeroom, before/after lunch, etc…)