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## Counting, Composing, and Changing Numbers

A goal of our mathematics instruction should be to help our students develop flexibility with numbers. For that to happen, children need to experience the meaning of numbers with concrete, hands-on experiences. Three keys to developing flexibility are counting,...

## Math Activities That Do Double Duty

One criticism I hear again and again is that there are too many standards to “cover”. I agree that if you just look at the volume of standards for each grade level, they do seem quite overwhelming. But the thing about math is that so many skills are...

## Using Ten-Frames to Understand Numbers from 11-20

You’ve simply gotta love it when an observation lesson goes way better than you could have expected! Today I was getting ready to work with my Firsties when my AP showed up for my observation. Yesterday, the students were working with two ten-frames to build and...

## Online Activities for Number Recognition to 20

I am working with a handful of kindergartners who still don’t recognize numbers to 20. They can count to 20, but if you ask them to point to 15 on the number line they have to count from 0, and they cant recognize 15 shown on a card, for example. I wanted to...

## Concrete Learning for One More and One Less

Last week I shared an activity for practicing one more and one less than a number. Tonight I wanted to talk a little about the CRA (concrete, representational, abstract) sequence of instruction and backtrack with that particular skill.  The last activity I posted was...

## DIY Numeral Track

I had a PD session with my kindergarten teachers today, and we had a make and take, complete with designer duct tape!  What you see pictured below is called a numeral track and the idea comes from Teaching Number in the Classroom.  It’s two pieces of poster...