Fuss Free Number of the Day

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.

CAMT is over, but my reporting isn’t. I snapped some pics of these number of the day posters one of the presenters had up, because I liked that they showed how easy it can be to incorporate good math into your daily routine. Notice also that they are easily adapted for different grade levels, going from a 2-digit number in the first example to a 4-digit in the last. Pressed for time? Do a number of the week, like the 2nd example. It’s no secret that kids get bored with the same…ol’…thing. This approach makes it very easy to change things up. The presenter told use she had multiple posters, and she often switched in new ones to keep the activities fresh. Sure, you could make fancier posters, but a simple chart paper format like the one shown lets you adapt the skills to the current needs of your students.

Other ideas for number of the day:

  • draw with base-10 block models
  • represent with tally marks
  • double it (vocabulary)
  • find all the factors
  • skip count on by 10s (counting by 10s off the decade)
  • write in expanded form
  • make using addition (or subtraction) 4 different ways
  • draw as an array
  • draw a rectangle with a perimeter of
  • value of the digit ____
  • 1 more, 1 less, 10 more, 10 less
  • add a decimal point somewhere in the number; explain your new number and how it compares to the original
  • round to the nearest ten (hundred, thousand)
  • check for divisibility by 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, and 10 (divisibility rules)

Check out this post for another unique number of the day routine!

I’m sure you can think of many more!  Feel free to add your own in the comments.


  1. jdargon

    This is great!

    • Donna Boucher

      Yes, I loved it when I saw it! So glad I had my phone to take pictures (and remembered to do it…).

  2. Karen Mitchell

    LOVE this idea!

    • Donna Boucher

      Thanks, Karen. One of my Facebook followers, Lori Tanner, shared that she was going to do this with a pocket chart and sentence strips. I thought that was a fabulous adjustment!

  3. Susan Marchetti

    I used your idea this past school year with my third graders!!! I loved it. They had wonderful number sense. More so than any other year I have taught! They had daily practice. My husband cut a composition note book in half with is saw and the children answered in their notebooks for morning work. Thank you for sharing your many wonderful ideas and strategies.

    • Donna Boucher

      So glad that you saw great results, Susan! I love the idea of cutting the composition books in half. Thanks for sharing that! 🙂

  4. mamacobb

    There are worksheets that I have found that are used with the number of the day. There is also one site that has worksheets that go along with a powerpoint.

  5. Mrs. Carlson's 2nd Grade Class

    I do a number of the day with a pocket chart and sentence strips – everything from adding and subtracting 1, 5, and 10. Also, even, odd, place value, comparing (greater than. less than), whole-part-part etc. We practice on white boards every day. The pocket chart makes it easy to change it.

    • Donna Boucher

      Using a pocket chart is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing!


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