# Number Bonds

## Number Bonds and Part/Whole Thinking

I’ve been working on place value with my firsties, but when we get back after the winter break, I want to do some work on composing and decomposing numbers to…

## Developing Fraction Number Sense Through Part/Whole Thinking

It’s no secret that fractions are a very difficult concept for students to understand. But why is that? Fractions are an extremely abstract concept, and without adequate concrete andย representationalย experiences that…

## The ABCs of Number Sense

Number sense. ย A phrase that we hear a lot in the math world. Some kids have it and some don’t. Many adults lack number sense! But what do we mean…

## Connecting Standards: Number Combinations & Graphing

I’m always looking for ways to help students make connections between different mathematical concepts. For this activity, I’ve connected number combinations with graphing. This post contains affiliate links, which simply…

## A Mathemagician’s Game for Making Ten

When I was a campus-based math instructional coach, my office was across from the 2nd Grade pod. One year, one of the teachers had a student who benefitted from leaving…

## Friends of Ten Booklet

In our number system, ten holds a special place. And ten-frames are a wonderful tool for exploring combinations for ten. But we don’t want students to think that there is…

## Cube Trains: Composing and Decomposing Numbers

“More learning time in Kindergarten should be devoted to number than to other topics.”ย  That statement is from the introduction to the Kindergarten Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. In…

## The Evolution of a Number Bond

Number bonds help children develop an understanding of part/whole thinking and lead to working flexibly with numbers. Let’s take that idea a step further and make a case for just…

## Teaching Number Bonds

I think if you asked people to tell you what they know about Singapore Math, many would say, Oh, that’s model drawing. And while that’s one part of it, it…