First Grade Number Talks Unit 1 for Classroom and DISTANCE LEARNING

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This Common Core Aligned first grade Number Talks resource is a MUST HAVE for any teacher wanting their students' computational strategies and mathematical reasoning abilities to soar to new heights. You'll be so excited to watch as your students' mental math abilities get stronger than ever.

PRODUCT UPDATE JULY 2020 - Google Slides Compatible Unit Included!

If you are looking for an engaging and meaningful NO PREP daily math warm up, this is it! These Number Talks are ready to go. Just display them on your interactive whiteboard and get ready for amazing math conversations to begin.

This resource is a huge TIME SAVER and will give you the biggest bang for your buck!

If you don't yet have an interactive whiteboard, we've got you covered. With this resource you'll receive both a DIGITAL and a PRINTABLE version. We actually like to print out number talks when we have substitute teachers.

The BEST part is it's EXTREMELY EASY to use and will SAVE you TONS of TIME.

There are 5 activities that students repeat over a 4 week time frame. This makes life oh so easy for teachers, and gives students repeated opportunities to engage in each particular number talk activity.

Our students LOVE this daily routine! We just know your students will too!



  • 20 Highly Engaging Common Core Aligned Number Talks Lessons: The DIGITAL version is no prep and ready to go. The printable version only requires that you print and, at times, cut.

  • Easy Differentiation: Several of the lessons contain more than one Number Talk option for easy-peasy differentiation. There are 72 slides in all.

  • Variety of Number Talks Activities: Say "YES" to high engagement and "NO!" to boredom!

This product contains the following activities that you can rinse and repeat Monday through Friday or tailor to your own number talk routine:

  • Monday - Dot Images
  • Tuesday - Ten Frames
  • Wednesday - Connecting Cubes
  • Thursday - Guess My Way
  • Friday - Guess My Number

  • Detailed Daily Lesson Plans: We have spelled out exactly how to deliver each Number Talk so you can teach these with ease right away. The lesson plans are GREAT for teachers new to Number Talks, substitute teachers, and teachers who do not have interactive whiteboards.


  • 7 Colorful Sentence Starter Posters to give your students confidence while sharing their thinking.
  • 8 Silent Hand Signal Posters to increase student engagement as all students can communicate their thinking in a way that does not disrupt the learning environment.
  • Additional Unit included that's made to use with Google Slides.



"I just went to a seminar on number talks and really liked this resource because it included everything I would need starting on day 1!" -Francine

"Thanks so much! Your number talks are amazing! I especially love how they get the kids thinking and discussing strategies." -Donnalyn

"W.O.N.D.E.R.F.U.L!! This is an AMAZING product. Loved that I can just print, laminate and then I am ready to go for the month. Directions are very well written. I can even leave this for a sub with no prep!! :) :)" - Elizabeth

"I am using these for my summer school math class! What a great way to start talking about math before heading into my lesson!! Great images too!! Thank you." -Happy Buyer

"I love that I can use these to supplement any adopted Math curriculum. This was just what I needed!" - Leslie



Number Talks will get your students engaged in mathematical conversations that will increase their ability to reason mathematically as well as develop their computational fluency skills and their ability to think flexibly about numbers.

But the BEST benefit is that they'll turn your reluctant mathematicians into math lovers!

When students engage in this short daily activity, they communicate with their peers in a safe environment where it's okay to not be right all the time. It's okay to learn from each other.

Your students will learn to discuss various strategies, as well as how and why they work.

They'll begin to take risks. And before you know it, your students who once feared math will joyfully jumping into solving problems with both feet.

It's so exciting to see the transformation!



A few years ago we were asked to implement Number Talks in our daily math instruction. After engaging our students in a few of these activities, we were hooked. Our challenge then became to create a variety of problem types in order to keep students engaged and excited. And that is when this Number Talk program was born.



-Busy First Grade Teachers

-Substitute Teachers

-Special Education Teachers

-Whole Group Math Instruction

-Small Group Math Instruction

-Math Intervention



How long do Number Talks take?

It's best if Number Talks are done daily for between 5 and 15 minutes.

Can these Number Talks be displayed on an interactive whiteboard?

YES! There's a fully digital version of our number talks using PowerPoint for your convenience! Just display them and go! This makes implementing Number Talks so easy!

Does each month contain 20 different types of Number Talk activities?

Oh goodness no. That would be a bit overwhelming. We have 5 Number Talk activities that are repeated each week using different problems. We are all about keeping it easy for teachers and creating meaningful engagement for kids.

Do I have to print out Number Talk materials for each student each day?

NO! This is a whole group activity. Just display the Number Talk for everyone to see.

Do I need to teach the units in order?

We suggest you teach the Number Talks in order because they spiral and increase in difficulty.

Where are the daily lesson plans?

Daily lesson plans are in the printable version section. These are GREAT for teachers new to Number Talks as well as for substitute teachers.

I like my Number Talks to match the standards I'm currently working on, can I do this with this resource?

This resource was created as a spiral preview/review. However, we have the standards addressed listed in each unit, so yes, you can pull those standard specific lessons out. But, we have also created Number Talks that focus on specific standards and strategies. Theses products may better meet your needs. Click HERE to check them out.


Other NUMBER TALKS Resources You'll Love:

First Grade Yearlong Number Talks BUNDLE

First Grade Number Talks Unit 1

First Grade Number Talks Unit 2

First Grade Number Talks Unit 3

First Grade Number Talks Unit 4

First Grade Number Talks Unit 5

First Grade Number Talks Unit 6

First Grade Number Talks Unit 7

First Grade Number Talks Unit 8

First Grade Number Talks Unit 9

Number Talks - Understanding the Meaning of Equal

Number Talks - Measurement Talks for First Grade

Number Talks - Geometry Talks for First Grade

Number Talks - Counting On

Number Talks - Making 10

Number Talks - Near Doubles

Number Talks - Doubles within 20

Number Talks - Subtraction

Number Talks - Word Problems within 10

Number Talks - Word Problems within 20

Word Problems - Numberless & Numbered


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Attend to precision. Mathematically proficient students try to communicate precisely to others. They try to use clear definitions in discussion with others and in their own reasoning. They state the meaning of the symbols they choose, including using the equal sign consistently and appropriately. They are careful about specifying units of measure, and labeling axes to clarify the correspondence with quantities in a problem. They calculate accurately and efficiently, express numerical answers with a degree of precision appropriate for the problem context. In the elementary grades, students give carefully formulated explanations to each other. By the time they reach high school they have learned to examine claims and make explicit use of definitions.
Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. Mathematically proficient students understand and use stated assumptions, definitions, and previously established results in constructing arguments. They make conjectures and build a logical progression of statements to explore the truth of their conjectures. They are able to analyze situations by breaking them into cases, and can recognize and use counterexamples. They justify their conclusions, communicate them to others, and respond to the arguments of others. They reason inductively about data, making plausible arguments that take into account the context from which the data arose. Mathematically proficient students are also able to compare the effectiveness of two plausible arguments, distinguish correct logic or reasoning from that which is flawed, and-if there is a flaw in an argument-explain what it is. Elementary students can construct arguments using concrete referents such as objects, drawings, diagrams, and actions. Such arguments can make sense and be correct, even though they are not generalized or made formal until later grades. Later, students learn to determine domains to which an argument applies. Students at all grades can listen or read the arguments of others, decide whether they make sense, and ask useful questions to clarify or improve the arguments.
Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. Mathematically proficient students start by explaining to themselves the meaning of a problem and looking for entry points to its solution. They analyze givens, constraints, relationships, and goals. They make conjectures about the form and meaning of the solution and plan a solution pathway rather than simply jumping into a solution attempt. They consider analogous problems, and try special cases and simpler forms of the original problem in order to gain insight into its solution. They monitor and evaluate their progress and change course if necessary. Older students might, depending on the context of the problem, transform algebraic expressions or change the viewing window on their graphing calculator to get the information they need. Mathematically proficient students can explain correspondences between equations, verbal descriptions, tables, and graphs or draw diagrams of important features and relationships, graph data, and search for regularity or trends. Younger students might rely on using concrete objects or pictures to help conceptualize and solve a problem. Mathematically proficient students check their answers to problems using a different method, and they continually ask themselves, "Does this make sense?" They can understand the approaches of others to solving complex problems and identify correspondences between different approaches.
Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. Use strategies such as counting on; making ten (e.g., 8 + 6 = 8 + 2 + 4 = 10 + 4 = 14); decomposing a number leading to a ten (e.g., 13 - 4 = 13 - 3 - 1 = 10 - 1 = 9); using the relationship between addition and subtraction (e.g., knowing that 8 + 4 = 12, one knows 12 - 8 = 4); and creating equivalent but easier or known sums (e.g., adding 6 + 7 by creating the known equivalent 6 + 6 + 1 = 12 + 1 = 13).


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