More Connections - Math Coach's Corner

More Connections

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 watched a student struggle with a number line problem earlier this week.  The question said something like What number is represented by the letter A and most of the numbers on the number line were missing. Interesting thing was, she drew nice little hops, like the ones shown below, but she didn’t know what to do with them.  In other words, where I have written in +2, +2, etc., she wrote nothing.  When I saw her draw the little hops, it reminded me of how we routinely teach kids to show patterns, which you also see below.  We show them to draw little mountains and write how the numbers have changed.  Perfect strategy for number lines as well, because number lines are, after all, patterns.  So that was my ah ha moment for the week!

Click here for some freebies you can use for skip counting.

13 Comments

  1. Karlie

    Thanks for the freebie! This is perfect. My students and I are doing a lot of work on skip counting, and we are talking about why it is important and what it helps us do. This will hopefully bring it home since we haven’t gotten to our money unit yet.

    We are ALL Special!

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    • Donna Boucher

      You’re welcome, Karlie! This will be a perfect connection for your money unit.

      Reply
  2. Cindy Calenti

    Your blog is amazing! Every time I visit it (which is quite often) I become more enamored with your ability to break math concepts down into activities that really help the children understand. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Cindy
    Granny Goes to School

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    • Donna Boucher

      It’s my pleasure, Cindy! Thanks for taking the time to leave such a sweet comment. 🙂

      Reply
  3. Lisa Mattes

    REALLY love these! I have a few sweet firsties that this will be perfect for!!! Thanks!!!
    Growing Firsties

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    • Donna Boucher

      You’re most welcome! Glad it will help with your kiddos. 🙂

      Reply
  4. Anonymous

    Thanks so much for explaining this. My students are finally getting the hang of this and beginning to make the connections. Can you make some more, including subtraction?

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    • Donna Boucher

      I’ll put it on my ever-growing list! Ha ha. 🙂

      Reply
  5. Allyson Bilbrough

    Great tool to use with number lines! Thanks!

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    • Donna Boucher

      My pleasure! Glad it’s useful. 🙂

      Reply
  6. Donna Boucher

    Glad you like it, Ellen, and welcome. Be sure to link up your blog on my Blog Hop page!

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  7. Ms. Boyle

    Donna…I love this freebie!! I can see myself using this while also creating something similar with other numerals so as to further differentiate my own guided math workstations! Thanks for sharing, and I’m your newest follower!

    Ellen
    Great {First Grade} Expectations

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