# Number Bonds

## Fact Families vs Number Bonds

For many years, primary teachers taught fact families. If you look carefully at either the CCSSM or the Texas state standards, the TEKS, you will not see fact families mentioned…

## Ten Flashing Fireflies: Booklet for the Combinations of Ten

Math practice should be engaging for students, and what could be more engaging than connecting math to a charming children’s book? And while we want math to be engaging, let’s…

Do you wonder where fact families are found in the current standards? The fact is, current standards don’t actually mention fact families at all anymore. Instead, they refer to “the…

## FREEBIE for Composing and Decomposing Numbers

Composing and decomposing numbers is critical learning for Kindergarteners and 1st Graders. This is something that needs to be practiced all year long as students master the combinations first for…

## The Power of Part/Whole Thinking

Part/whole thinking begins in Kindergarten when students are expected to learn the number combinations for the numbers through 10. Below you see a graphic representation for the combinations for 5….

## What’s My Number? Differentiating in K-1

In her book How Children Learn Number Concepts*, Kathy Richardson devotes an entire chapter to composing and decomposing numbers. It may surprise you that the title of the chapter is…

## Engaging Games for Composing and Decomposing Numbers

After spending several weeks exploring number bonds, this week I’ve been working with my firsties on composing and decomposing 5. This has been such a fun week as we used…

## Developing Part/Whole Thinking

I’ve been working with my firsties on composing and decomposing the numbers 3, 4, and 5. This post contains affiliate links, which simply means that when you use my link…

## Introducing Number Bonds with Hands-On Experiences

Last week I blogged about number bonds and part/whole thinking, something I’ll be working with my Firsties on after the break. I’ve been thinking through how I want the lessons…