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Number Talks Dot Cards

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This set of dot cards is intended to be used during number talks as described in the book Number Talks: Helping Children Build Mental Math and Computation Strategies by Sherry Parrish. They correspond to one of the “first grade” number talk series aimed at the addition strategy of “Counting On.” The patterns can be found on p. 99 of the book, but I designed these cards to use with the students so that they could see the dot patterns in a large format. I use these cards in the beginning of the year with my 2nd graders as we introduce the concept of number talks and review fact fluency strategies.

Each series of 3 cards is “grouped” together in this document by a common border color and labeled “A,” “B,” or “C” in the bottom corner for easy teacher reference of the recommended order of use.

The numbers and placement of the dots on the cards corresponds to the sets on p. 99-100 of Sherry Parrish's Number Talks book. The idea is for students to tell the total number of dots, but to be able to explain how they find that total quickly by noticing different groupings. The sets are as follows:
Set 1: (A) 5, 4 (B) 3, 4 (C) 3, 5
Set 2: (A) 6, 5 (B) 8, 2 (C) 5, 5
Set 3: (A) 3, 4 (B) 6, 4 (C) 9, 3
Set 4: (A) 3, 7 (B) 6, 3 (C) 6, 3
Set 5: (A) 2, 4 (B) 3, 4 (C) 4, 4
Set 6: (A) 6, 6 (B) 6, 6 (C) 5, 5
Set 7: (A) 7, 3 (B) 6, 4 (C) 5, 5
Set 8: (A) 3, 8 (B) 4, 7 (C) 5, 6
Set 9: (A) 3, 6 (B) 5, 4 (C) 6, 7

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