Another Day, Another Number - Math Coach's Corner

Another Day, Another Number

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’m always looking for good number of the day routines, and I found one on my own campus!  One of my sweet 3rd grade teachers gave me the idea for this one.  It covers a variety of number skills, and she plans on using the day in school as the number of the day.  In the Subtract from square, she had 177, the number of days we have in our school year.  I left it blank to give you options.  We discussed a couple of ways this could be used.  My favorite includes doing most of the problems whole group four days out of the week.  I just love the mathematical conversations it would generate.  On those four days, have the kiddos put the answers to a couple of the problems you don’t do on sticky notes and put them on the Parking Lot.  Vary the problems you choose each day, and this gives you a quick formative assessment option.  On the fifth day, you could have the kiddos do the sheet independently for a grade.  Change the problems up every so often to provide a spiraling review and keep the activity fresh.  Click here to grab yours!

48 Comments

  1. Nicole

    thank you so much! This is EXACTLY what I needed because it hits on all of the review elements that I need to concentrate on with my 2nd graders. I can use this during interventions too.

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  2. Krista Clyne

    Thank you! I can’t wait to use this resource with my class!

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  3. Katherine McGinnes

    I so appreciate your ideas and insights. Thank you thank you for sharing another great resource. Keep ’em coming!

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  4. Rose

    Awesome idea..Thank you. Love it.

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  5. Jennifer Bell

    Looking forward to using this activity TODAY!!! Thank you.

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    • Donna Boucher

      So glad you find this helpful, Jennifer!

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  6. Chaya Phillips

    Thank you for another great tool for my basket!

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  7. Hilary Gard

    I love it! I am always looking for ways to engage and challenge my 2nds I think this will be perfect! I especially like the “sum of the digits” part! Thank you so much for sharing! I love your blog and visit often (even if I don’t always comment!)
    Hilary
    Second Grade is Out of This World!

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  8. Fontenot's Firebreathers

    Hmmmm….just what I was looking for. What about a 3 digit number or larger? I teach 4th grade. I was thinking they could either pick 2 digits or I could say take the digit in the tens and the hundreds and make a fact family with it. That would tie place value to the number and get them applying it in different ways.
    LOVE YOUR BLOG!! I have sent many people to you!!!

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    • Donna Boucher

      I love the idea of the place value twist! Thanks for the kind words about my blog. It’s all about sharing ideas (like your place value one!)and helping us all to be better teachers!

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  9. Special Teacher

    I look forward to seeing what you post every day – such great ideas that correspond to the common core and the new math “program” that I am using.

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    • Donna Boucher

      Thanks so much! I’m excited that school is back in and the ideas are flowing again. 🙂

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  10. Terri B

    I love this! What do you do for the Fact Families when there is only a 1 or 2 digit number?
    Where do you find the time to teach, blog, create lessons/activities AND have a life? 🙂
    Thanks for all you do/share!

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    • Donna Boucher

      Hmmm, good point, Terri. I guess because this was in a 3rd grade classroom, they were using 2-digit numbers. If it’s 2-digit, they could use the two digits. So if’s it 45, they could do 4 x 5 or 4 + 5. As for being ‘super blogger’, I’m slowing down a bit. 🙂

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  11. Anonymous

    This is exactly what I was looking for from Austin. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Miss A

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I used it today with my kiddos as a “warm-up”. Plan to use this often

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    • Donna Boucher

      Awesome! Glad it was useful! 🙂

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    • Donna Boucher

      Glad it was something you could use, Barbara! 🙂

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  13. Heidi Harrell

    This is AWESOME! Thank you for sharing!

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    • Donna Boucher

      My pleasure, Heidi! Glad it was useful. 🙂

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  14. mlock

    I also get errors message?? Would LOVE to have a copy for myself… THANK YOU!! LOVE your blog!

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    • Donna Boucher

      Email me at [email protected] if you still weren’t able to get it.

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  15. Anonymous

    I really like your Number of the Day activity but I am unable to grab a copy of my own. I’ve tried the link many times over the last 2 days and I keep getting an error message. Is there another way I can get a copy of this worksheet?

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    • Donna Boucher

      Were you ever able to get it? I think Google Docs was having a bad couple of days. If you didn’t get it, email me at [email protected].

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  16. iintegratetechnology

    Thank you so much!

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    • Donna Boucher

      You’re welcome!

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  17. Ashley

    I LOVE this!! I was looking for a way to have my kids practice these important math skills daily and this is PERFECT!! Thank you 🙂

    Ashley
    Primary Teacherhood

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    • Donna Boucher

      Glad to hear it! I just hopped over to your blog, and I’m a new follower. 🙂

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  18. Lilia Rengel

    Thank you!!!!!

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    • Donna Boucher

      You’re welcome, Lilia! 🙂

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  19. Terry

    Thank you so much! Love all your materials!

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    • Donna Boucher

      It’s my pleasure, Terry! I love sharing. 🙂

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  20. Cassandra

    I love your blog!!! Thanks for sharing your ideas and thoughts. 🙂

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    • Donna Boucher

      So glad that it’s helpful to you, Cassandra! Thanks for taking the time to say thanks!

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  21. Kate

    Thank you so much for sharing!

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    • Donna Boucher

      My pleasure, Kate! 🙂

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  22. TC Booth

    This is great. Thank you so much!

    Tammi
    The Balanced Classroom

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    • Donna Boucher

      You’re welcome, Tammi! 🙂

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  23. Peggy Vandenberg

    Outed by my math coach!!! Thank you sooooo much for all your help! I was so excited today when my kiddos made connections between your number string lessons and our multiplication arrays! Yahoo!!!

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    • Donna Boucher

      That was definitely a high-five moment, my friend!!

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  24. Dodge Sixth Grade Math Blog

    Thanks for sharing all your great ideas! I teach sixth grade math and have adapted many of them for my group – today’s sheet would be perfect for my Intervention group that needs a lot of review! Your teachers are very lucky to have such support from you AND your school is blessed with fantastic teachers!

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    • Donna Boucher

      Thanks for the lovely comment! I’m so excited to hear that some of my ideas are working for you and your kiddos. Isn’t the Internet great??!!

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  25. Jackie

    I love this idea…do you know of a similar item for a very advanced kindergartener/first grader?

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    • Lora Keys

      I used this same form with my first graders. I didn’t begin using it until October, and I had to really help them in the beginning, but they eventually catch on! It’s great!

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    • Donna Boucher

      Actually, the idea came from a very similar routine that my 1st grade teaches are doing–only they do their totally verbally. It’s very similar though.

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  26. Peggy Vandenberg

    What a great idea! The 3rd grade teacher is lucky to have you to collaborate with, too! 🙂

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    • Donna Boucher

      Too funny, Peggy! (who is, by the way, my sweet 3rd grade friend) 🙂

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