First use OPERATING WITH WHOLE NUMBERS for ordering and comparing whole numbers. Then OPERATING WITH WHOLE NUMBERS could be used to improve understanding of sums, differences, products, and quotients in various grade levels. Modeling of the expressions with pictures will help the students, also. Let your student verbally make up a situation for the created math expression.
This activity allows us to advance from the basic operations into math properties or algebra. It may begin with whole numbers, but it could expand into fractions.
Make some type of competition out of this.