Number Sense Starters: 180 Math Prompts for Numbers and Operations

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These number sense starters are an awesome way to integrate numbers and operations into your classroom!  They are designed to be a quick 5 minute or less refresher of various rational number operations concepts.  Sometimes students just need a little extra practice with integer operations, fraction operations, decimal operations, and percent concepts.  This is a quick way to incorporate number sense into your classroom with minimal prep. 

While practicing number operations is valuable, it can be even more impactful when a quick discussion of strategies takes place.  We designed a discussion question for each slide to prompt student thinking. The goal is that you can facilitate a quick discussion where students are able to articulate their thinking process.  

**This resource focuses on positive rational numbers, with the exception of concepts of integers and integer operations. Please see the preview for a list of topics included.***

What is included?

1. 180 Question Prompts

There are 18 different topics which each include 10 different question prompts.  Each slide is labeled by the topic so that you can easily pick and choose.  

Prompts are available in four different formats: Google Slides (standard and widescreen) and PPT (standard and widescreen)

2. Answer Keys

A printable answer key for you to easily reference

3. Discussion Questions

We have provided one discussion question per slide to help facilitate a conversation on strategies in which students share their thinking. 

4. Recording Sheet

We have designed these to be paperless so that you aren’t trying to make copies or utilize paper for each student.  A recording sheet is included, but I would recommend having students work in composition books.

5. Checklist

Feel free to move around the slide deck depending on what your students need.  We have included a printable checklist for you to keep track of which ones your class has completed.

**Please download the preview to see more. This resource is NOT editable. A template has been included for your customization.**

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Interpret and compute quotients of fractions, and solve word problems involving division of fractions by fractions, e.g., by using visual fraction models and equations to represent the problem. For example, create a story context for (2/3) ÷ (3/4) and use a visual fraction model to show the quotient; use the relationship between multiplication and division to explain that (2/3) ÷ (3/4) = 8/9 because 3/4 of 8/9 is 2/3. (In general, (𝘢/𝘣) ÷ (𝘤/𝘥) = 𝘢𝘥/𝘣𝘤.) How much chocolate will each person get if 3 people share 1/2 lb of chocolate equally? How many 3/4-cup servings are in 2/3 of a cup of yogurt? How wide is a rectangular strip of land with length 3/4 mi and area 1/2 square mi?
Fluently divide multi-digit numbers using the standard algorithm.
Fluently add, subtract, multiply, and divide multi-digit decimals using the standard algorithm for each operation.
Understand that positive and negative numbers are used together to describe quantities having opposite directions or values (e.g., temperature above/below zero, elevation above/below sea level, credits/debits, positive/negative electric charge); use positive and negative numbers to represent quantities in real-world contexts, explaining the meaning of 0 in each situation.
Understand ordering and absolute value of rational numbers.


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