Have you ever read the book Number Talks? It is a great book that has short activities that get kids talking about numbers and number combinations each day. It is a great way to launch your mathematics block. Check out these amazing dot image cards which have different ways to see numbers 3-10 with dot images. You focus on how many dots do you see? How do you see them?
The following dot image number talks are designed to be used in a single session, in any order. Dot image number talks consist of three to five problems, each sequentially labeled A, B, C, and so on. The sequence of the problems within a given number talk allows students to apply the strategies from previous problems to subsequent problems or provides opportunities for students to reason with the same quantity from multiple perspectives. This provides an opportunity to informally assess whether the student is unitizing a specific amount and conserving number.
As each problem is shown, ask students, “How many dot do you see? How do you see them?