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Free Subitizing Cards

Written by Donna Boucher

Donna has been a teacher, math instructional coach, interventionist, and curriculum coordinator. A frequent speaker at state and national conferences, she shares her love for math with a worldwide audience through her website, Math Coach’s Corner. Donna is also the co-author of Guided Math Workshop.

I’ve spent a couple of days this week in meetings for what could, I guess, be called an early numeracy task force for my district. We’ve been discussing and developing a continuum of skills our students must have to be considered numerically fluent.

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No surprise that we have been referring to John Van de Walle’s Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics: Grades PreK-2 extensively. If you are a primary math teacher, this is about the best $45 you can spend!

Foundational to the development of number sense is…drum roll…subitizing! The original version of this book had downloadable blackline masters (that link is now long gone…). The dot cards for practicing subitizing were quite small, so I enlarged some of them for my Kinder teachers to use whole-group.

Click here to grab your free copy!

17 Comments

  1. Mrs. Poland

    What a great post! This book is for K-3, the author also has one for 3-5… would you recommend this?

    I have a third graders who is missing out on basic skills, he is about a year behind due to a disability that was recently diagnosed. Which book would be best to use with him?

    Thanks!
    Mrs Poland
    Think, Wonder, & Teach

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  2. Donna Boucher

    The K-3 and 3-5 books overlap a little bit. I would say that since he’s got some gaps, you might want to start with K-3, but you’re not going to have much in that book for multiplication and division. It’s tricky with 3rd grade.

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  3. Elena Gruwell

    I am your follower already. I like the Number Posters to 20.

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    • Donna Boucher

      Hey Elena, email me so I can send it to you, okay?

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    • Donna Boucher

      I just sent it. 🙂

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    • Donna Boucher

      Oops. I copied and pasted your email address from what you posted above, but the email bounced back to me.

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  4. Lisa Morrow

    Our Math Study Group is also using Van De Walle’s book to create/modify units for building numeracy and fluency. I’d love to see the list you guys come up with for the continuum of skills K students must have to be considered numerically fluent.
    Lisa
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    • Donna Boucher

      Sounds like a fabulous project you’re embarking on! Our district develops our curriculum based on the Texas standards, the TEKS, so we don’t have to create our own. I did roadmap out a progression that could be used for common core standards in this post.

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    • Stacey Walz

      I’ve been a follower of your blog for awhile, and I thank you so much! I teach kindergarten and I am on my district’s Math committee. Trying to find some good professional books to read this summer, to help me be a better Math teacher and to contribute to the committee I am on. Our district has Go Math, which is aligned to CC. It sounds like this is a great professional book. Are there others you would recommend? Thanks Donna!

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  5. Anonymous

    Thank you for sharing. I would like a copy of the 1-20 posters please and thank you.
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    • Donna Boucher

      I tried to email your posters, but this email address kicked back. 🙁

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  6. giag

    Thank you for sharing. I would like a copy of the 1-20 posters please and thank you so much!
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    • Christopher Lee

      Thank you for sharing. I too would like a copy of the 1-20 posters please. Thank you so much!

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      • Donna Boucher

        Done!

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