FREE Number Sense Technology Tools

These free technology tools are available to all math teachers!

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 love combining great math with technology. If that sounds good to you, too, you’ll want to check out these free number sense technology tools from DreamBox.

Check out this interactive rekenrek. Rekenreks help students develop strong benchmarks of five and ten, a key component of their developing number sense. Use the Show Card and Hide Card buttons to flash cards for the students, who tell you the number they saw represented. Don’t forget to ask how they saw the number.

Free number sense technology tools

Here’s a matching game for combinations of 10. Because of the role ten plays in our number system, fluency with the combinations of ten is essential for number sense.

Free number sense technology tools

In this 2nd grade game, students try to prove equivalencies for 20. Many students think that the equal sign means “the answer is coming.” Activities like this emphasize the true meaning of the equal sign.

Free number sense technology tools

Students can show their strategies for adding on an open number line. LOVE this one!! Number lines are fabulous tools for students to use to document their strategies for addition and subtraction.

Free number sense technology tools

Speaking of number lines, this activity has students place fractions on a number line. Number lines help students recognize that a fraction is a number with a specific place on the number line.

Free number sense technology tools

Fabulous, don’t you think?  Especially when it’s FREE. 🙂

40 Comments

  1. jdargon

    Great resource. I will definitely be using this one!

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    • Dimple

      I would like number poster

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      • Donna Boucher

        I just emailed you. 🙂

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        • Monica

          Can I get the number poster? This is exciting

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          • Donna Boucher

            Check your email. I just sent it! 🙂

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      • DANETTE

        Could I get the number poster too? My email is [email protected]
        Thanks!

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  2. jdargon

    Great Resource! I will definitely be using this one!

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    • Donna Boucher

      I know! It’s a good one, right?

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  3. Michelle Vaughn

    Awesome Resource. I am using this tomorrow for my review and maybe even my automaticity! Thanks for posting!

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    • Donna Boucher

      Gotta love something that is free and that you can use right away!

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      • Katrine Krohn

        I can only get at free trial for 14 days. How did you get it for free?

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        • Donna Boucher

          There are two parts to the DreamBox website–a paid component for students to use and the free teacher tools, which is what this post is about. Follow the links in the blog post, and they’ll take you right to the teacher tools!

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          • Lena Landers

            Hello
            I would like to try this digitaltool!
            Thanks!

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  4. My Down-Time

    Fabulous YES! I added some of the games to my teacher webpage already.

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    • Donna Boucher

      Fabulous and free…the best kind of fabulous! Ha ha

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  5. Anonymous

    I don’t know if it’s me or the program, but I was trying out the 5th grade “Multiplying fractions” portion, and it wanted me to build and shade 1/6 of the portion. But it didn’t give a 1/6 option, then after I got it to give it to me (by missing too many times that it helped me) it wanted me to shade 1/10 of 1/6th of the unit square. But the only fractions I could multiply against 1/6th was 1/2, 1/3, 1/5, 1/7, and 1/11th. Not sure how to do it. So I’m not sure if there is something wrong with the program. But it doesn’t seem like it will work for this program. So I highly recommend using each program before you let your students use it.

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  6. Anonymous

    Hi:
    I think to figure this out you need to be thinking about the associative property of multiplication. http://www.amathsdictionaryforkids.com/dictionary.html

    It works the same way with fractions as it does with whole numbers. e.g. 10 X 6 = 2 x 5 x 6 = 60

    So, think about what fractions you need to multiply together to get a certain fraction.
    1) To figure out 1/6 of the total you first need to find 1/2 and then 1/3 of 1/2. (1/2 x 1/3 = 1/6) Then your square will be divided into 1/6s.
    2) After that to find 1/10 x 1/6 you need to think 1/2 x 1/5 = 1/10 so 1/2 x 1/5 x 1/6 = 1/10 x 1/6 = 1/60

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  7. Kate

    I love the activities and would love to use with my kindergarten students. Is this something you have to buy or how can I access it?

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    • Donna Boucher

      If you click on the link in the first paragraph of the blog post, it will take you right to it!

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  8. Rosejane M. Arenas

    LUV U..I find this helpful for my pupils here in the Philippines. I hope I can learn and use this in my classroom. How could I access on this?

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    • Donna Boucher

      There are links in the post. I can’t say if they’ll work in the Philippines or not!

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  9. ann

    That is a wonderful Tool. Thank you
    What is the number poster I am reading about?

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    • Donna Boucher

      Check out this post.

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  10. Chelsea G

    How can I download to use in my classroom?

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    • Donna Boucher

      It’s not really something you download. It’s a website that you can access by clicking on the links in the post.

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  11. Gr 1 Teacher

    I live in South Africa and would like to know whether it is possible to use these free Teacher Tools on my Interactive White Board. It seems like I cannot get access to the tools.

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    • Donna Boucher

      Gosh, I don’t have an answer for this! You might have to contact the help function for Dreambox.

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  12. Marina

    Donna, can I please get a number poster? Thank you so much in advance!

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    • Donna Boucher

      Just sent it. Check your email. 🙂

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      • Lucinda

        Hello..just got a promethean board in my first grade classroom and I’m in need of activities. Are these no longer free or am I doing something wrong..lol? I would love any advice and can I too get the number poster? Thanks so much!!

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        • Donna Boucher

          The are absolutely still free!! When I click on the link in the blog post, it takes me right to the DreamBox Teacher Tools website page.

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  13. Christina Livingston

    Hi Donna,

    Looking for your email address. I’ve been reading your blog on twitter and here for about a year and remember you saying you’re in the Houston area and have a meet up group to discuss Math education. I would love to join the group for a meeting or as many meetings as you all find me a useful participant.

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  14. Nichole McGhie-Shakur

    Good afternoon Donna, may I please get a number poster?

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    • JANE Miller

      I Dreambox a free technology for me to use with the students that I tutor?

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      • Donna Boucher

        The teacher tools are free and you can use them with students.

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    • Erin

      Could I get this free activity?

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      • Donna Boucher

        The link is in the blog post.

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    • Bradley Mortland

      I would like this too.

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      • Donna Boucher

        The link to their website is in the first sentence of the article!

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