Just in case you didn't get a chance to hop over to Erin's blog for the Blog Swap and Hop...thought I'd re-post here....
Have you ever heard of "Number Talks"?
I've been a using Number Talks for the past year and become a big fan of this wonderful technique to get kids talking about math. Listening to my kiddos as they talked about the different card patterns really gave me an understanding of what they "thought" about numbers and helped me see the ways they used strategies to create numbers.
I devoured the book by Sherry Parrish:
Number Talks: Helping Children Build Mental Math and Computation Strategies
which gave me a ton of information and ideas on how to use the number talks in my class. The book came with a dvd of how number talks are conducted in different classrooms and was very helpful! You can also find number talk examples on YouTube if you search for the keywords: number talks.
Dot image cards are easy to create using those cool bingo dot stamp bottles or brightly colored round stickers you can find in Walmart, Target, or an Office Supply Store. I used the largest index cards (I think they were 5X7) and created the dot images that Sherry suggests in the book. I labeled the cards in subsets of A, B,C....etc and then each subset had 3 cards to look at in one number talk...A-1, A-2, A-3....I punched a hole in the set of cards A-1 through I-3 and then hung them on a hook near the area where we conducted calendar....book read alouds....whole group games...(in other words my "meeting area")...or as we like to say in the South "the meetin' area :)
I also created a powerpoint slide show of the dot images so that if we had some "down time" and the projector was going, I could flash some images and see what they thought...
Sherry suggests using 3-5 cards or images during a number talk time and asking the questions:
"How many _____ do you see? How do you see them?"
I created a powerpoint for all the double ten-frame sets recommended in Sherry's book to use with the projector....I think I'll go ahead and print the slides onto cardstock, laminate, and ring together to keep at the "meetin' area" to use with the number talks this year.
I created a couple of PowerPoint shows to use with the Rekenreks Sherry talks about in her book...there's also a great app called " Number Rack" that I use with the kids...
You can even add as more than one line of beads to help practice with the double digits.
Click HERE for a download of the Rekenrek Powerpoint I created to use with the Number Talks this year. I hope it goes as well as the iPad app did last year :) You can also get the download of the powerpoint by click on the picture below!
Thanks again to Erin for letting me guest post today!!
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