Number Talks are one of the best ways to develop number sense in your pupils. They transformed my mathematics teaching, once I realised how effective they were at building deep mathematical understanding in my classes.
It can be daunting to add another routine (no matter how brief) into your mathematics block, however.
This pack contains everything you need to get started with Number Talks in your Early Years classroom (K-2). Once you have the resources made (and they are all provided here), Number Talks themselves are very easy, and your class will love them - mine always have. Your class will also begin to talk about and reason with numbers in ways that will astonish you - I promise!
In this pack, you'll find:
- Templates to use for 'Counting the Days of School' in your class
- 10 frames, double 10 frames and triple 10 frames (winter/spring themes). I used these with smaller groups of children who needed concrete experience with the mathematical strategies their peers were using during Number Talks
- A range of dot cards, showing amounts up to 10
- A range of 10 frame, showing amounts up to 10
- Quick images for the teen numbers
The Dot Cards and 10 frames (as well as the Teen Number ten frames) are perfect for a game I called 'Quick Images' (I probably stole that from someone!). You let your class see the dot card image for a very brief amount of time and then get them to tell you 'How many dots'. Then each child tells you 'how they saw the number' - and there can be many different ways to see a collection of dots. For example, 6 dots set up together as two lines of 3 dots could be seen as 3 + 3 or as 3 groups of 2. These cards really build early number sense and knowledge of number bonds.
For more background information about this resource, please visit my blog: http://www.mondaymorningteacher.com/numeracy/number-talks-early-level