Number sense has to be caught and can not be taught!
There are so many things to do to practice!
1. Number Path
The students love to count on the number path! Remember a number path helps students because they can see the actual number of things! So much more powerful than a number line!
Counting?!? Yes, it can be so boring so we add movement!
Push up and hold until we count to 20! Try it! Works those muscles!
Then push up like a crab and hold, once again count to 20!
Be a rocket ship and Blast Off when you get down to 1!
4. Spill the Beans
Pick a number you need to work on and use beans to tell how many red and white!
1 red and 2 white makes 3
Recording what was found is done after practice with the manipulatives!
5.Search the Room
Find clues hidden around the room! The trick is to count how many to find the total! This is the one they love the most this year!
Not all clues are on the page! So the students have to really search!
6. Fill the Table
Pick any number below 10! Drop the beans and tell each part and total! Don’t stop until the table is full! Great for developing fact fluency!
7. Circle the Parts
Use the number path to answer word problems!
I ate 2 pumpkins for breakfast and 2 turkeys for dinner. How much did I eat?
When playing letter games, count the cards.
Lay the cards out and have the students count. Then discuss how many more and less! Yes, they can see it….if you use concrete things and arms!
9. Yell the Answer (Around the World)
Practice fluency by using Dollar Store Dice. Show a number and the students yell the total.
When we first started, the students that yell first had to explain how they knew the answer. Students that didn’t know or yelled the wrong answer…needed to count!
Now the students are so good at identifying the total that we play Around the World!
10. Books and Finger Plays
This is the book we are reading now and the students LOVE it!
Click here to find 31 Great Counting Books!
Finger-plays are so much fun!
Keep working and doing an activity each day to “Catch Number Sense!”