Saturday, June 30, 2012

TT Blog Swap: Number Talks by Heidi


My name is Heidi Samuelson.  I'm excited to be apart of the TT Blog Swap and Hop today!
Thanks to Erin for allowing me to "swap" blogs with her for a day!  I love reading her blog!


Have you ever heard of "Number Talks"?


I've been a using Number Talks for the past year and become a big fan of this wonderful technique to get kids talking about math.  Listening to my kiddos as they talked about the different card patterns really gave me an understanding of what they "thought" about numbers and helped me see the ways they used strategies to create numbers.

I devoured the book by Sherry Parrish:


Number Talks:  Helping Children Build Mental Math and Computation Strategies


which gave me a ton of information and ideas on how to use the number talks in my class.  The book came with a dvd of how number talks are conducted in different classrooms and was very helpful!  You can also find number talk examples on YouTube if you search for the keywords: number talks.

Sherry talks about using dot images, rekenreks, double ten-frames, and number sentences to guide the number talks for different addition strategies...("Counting All and Counting On"..."Double or Near Doubles"...and my personal favorite "Making Tens").




Dot image cards are easy to create using those cool bingo dot stamp bottles or brightly colored round stickers you can find in Walmart, Target, or an Office Supply Store.  I used the largest index cards (I think they were 5X7) and created the dot images that Sherry suggests in the book.  I labeled the cards in subsets of A, B,C....etc and then each subset had 3 cards to look at in one number talk...A-1, A-2, A-3....I punched a hole in the set of cards A-1 through I-3 and then hung them on a hook near the area where we conducted calendar....book read alouds....whole group games...(in other words my "meeting area")...or as we like to say in the South "the meetin' area :)


I also created a powerpoint slide show of the dot images so that if we had some "down time" and the projector was going, I could flash some images and see what they thought...


Sherry suggests using 3-5 cards or images during a number talk time and asking the questions:


"How many _____ do you see?  How do you see them?"




Double Ten-Frames are something I use with my calendar.  I have the kids use coins to fill in the frames as we add another day....I have 2 ten frames on the calendar...at the beginning of the year we just use dots to fill in the ten frames as the days go by...then we use nickels....then move up to dimes...for the final quarter I'll have the kids fill thef first ten frame with dimes and the second with nickels... somewhere towards the end of the year we add a third frame and use pennies...

I created a powerpoint for all the double ten-frame sets recommended in Sherry's book to use with the projector....I think I'll go ahead and print the slides onto cardstock, laminate, and ring together to keep at the "meetin' area" to use with the number talks this year.

My mom and dad created Rekenreks using bamboo skewers, pony beads, and small  blocks of wood from my dad's woodshop.  The kids enjoyed using these small versions of the rekenreks to solve problems and work out story problems.

 I created a couple of PowerPoint shows to use with the Rekenreks Sherry talks about in her book...there's also a great app called " Number Rack" that I use with the kids...


You can manipulate the amount of bead rows you show as well as open a large mystery box to cover some of the beads and ask how many do you see? ...how many are covered?



 You can even add as more than one line of beads to help practice with the double digits.




Number Talks has been a great addition into my math program.  It allows the kids to use "Math Talk" and explain to each other what they see and how they see it.

Click HERE for a download of the Rekenrek Powerpoint I created to use with the Number Talks this year.  I hope it goes as well as the iPad app did last year :) You can also get the download of the powerpoint by click on the picture below!
Thanks again to Erin for letting me guest post today!! 


Hope you are having a wonderful day!


Be sure to hop over to some of the other blogs that are sharing this wonderful day and if you get a chance...hop by the "swamp" sometime!






Check out all the other blogs that are participating in the TT Blog Swap and Hop 

5 comments:

  1. I haven't heard of this book. It sounds like something I would devour too. Have you read "Number Sense Routines" by Jessica Shumway? It's great too.
    Thanks!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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  2. Oh my goodness, I LOVE Number Talks! I normally teach reading, writing and language arts but I read Number Talks to get ready for my summer school students. You are SO right - it is fabulous, and the kids LOVE it. I'm so glad you shared! :)

    Abby @ Third Grade Bookworm

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  3. I am so glad I saw this post, as I am going to begin Number Talks this coming year with my kindergartners - what are your suggestions for someone just beginning Number Talks? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks:)

    ~ Kimberlee ~
    Two Fulbright Hugs
    Teacher TimeSavers

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  4. I totally found those dot paint stamps at the dollar tree yesterday! This is perfect!
    Michelle
    Apples and ABC's

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  5. Great math ideas! And the book sounds really interesting!
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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