Number Talks

This collection features resources that will assist you in conducting Number Talks in your classroom. 

There are a variety of differnet Number Talks, including:

  • Notice & Wonder
  • Dot Counting
  • Counting Circles
  • Number Strings (a series of related problems that build a specific concept or strategy)
  • Which One Doesn't Belong
  • Mobiles (balancing)
  • Quick Draw
  • Fraction Talks
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100  Questions that Promote Mathematical Discourse
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100 Questions that Promote Mathematical Discourse
Includes questions that:

*help students work together to make sense of math
*teach students to rely on themselves to determine if something is mathematically correct
*learn to reason mathematically
*evaluate their own processes
*help with problem comprehension
*help students learn to conjecture, invent and solve problems
*learn to connect mathematics, its ideas and its application
*help persevere
*help students focus on focus on the mathematics from activities

Subject:
Math
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Ready
Date Added:
12/09/2019
Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had – A companion website for the book by Tracy Zager
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This is the companion site for the book "Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You Had" by Tracy Zager.

This site is full of inspiring videos, and great information.

Each chapter has a supporting section. These include: Breaking the Cycle; What do Mathematicians Do?; Mathematicians Take Risks; ...Make Mistakes; ...are Precise; ...Rise to a Challenge; ...Ask Questions; ...Connect Ideas; ...Use Intuition; ...Reason; ...Prove; ...Work Together & Alone & Further Conversation.

Teacher study guide (copy and paste this url into a browser) http://sites.stenhouse.com/becomingmathteacher/files/2019/10/BecomingMathTeacher_StudyGuide.pdf

Subject:
Math
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Tracy Zager
Date Added:
11/04/2019
Estimation 180
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Tag Line: Building number sense one day at a time.

The site provides a number of estimation activities involving height, number of objects etc. The activities may include a photo or video to help students develop some reference to solve the activity. The answers are provided, but the idea is that students utilize their estimation skills to determine the appropriate answer.

The site also includes a blog, a relationship between some american common core standards and estimation activities, as well as information on clothesline math activities as well.

Subject:
Math
Foundations
Workplace and Apprenticeship
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Andrew Stadel
Date Added:
11/21/2018
Focusing on the Fundamentals of Math K-8 - From ON
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"This guide is intended to support teachers’ ongoing efforts in building students’ knowledge and skills in mathematics. It focuses attention on the content of expectations in The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1–8: Mathematics, 2005 that deal with fundamental mathematics concepts and skills (specifically, expectations in the Number Sense and Numeration strand and expectations that relate to number properties in the Patterning and Algebra strand). The guide outlines steps to achieving the knowledge and skills described in these expectations and suggests how to make more timely connections that will better support student learning. A strong foundation in the concepts and skills emphasized here will prepare students for success in high school, and ensure that they have a set of essential skills for employment and responsible citizenship in the future."

There are excellent charts included that organize foundational skills by grade grouping. These charts start on page 5.

Subject:
Math
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Government of Ontario
Ontario Ministry of Education
Date Added:
02/05/2020
GSSD Mathematics: A Guide to Instruction
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This document produced by Good Spirit School Division outlines the gradual release of responsibility model as it relates to math instruction.

Subject:
Math
Material Type:
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Good Spirit School Division
Saskatchewan Reads
Date Added:
10/04/2018
Math at Sun West Professional Learning - Day 1
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The following resource contains all the materials and supporting documents used for our Math Professional Learning. This includes the actual PPT presentation as well as the supporting handouts and checklist.

Subject:
Arts Education
Math
Material Type:
Primary Source
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Kelli Boklaschuk
Vanessa Lewis
Melissa Lander
Carole Butcher
Tammy German
Anne Sloboda
Marion Elliott
Date Added:
02/26/2020
Sample Problem Solving Questions from Marian Small
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Open-ended questions to differentiate math instruction.

This is a collection of different types of questions you can use for problem solving that differentiate to meet the varied needs of your classroom.

Some potential number talks are included in the "What one doesn't belong" section.

Subject:
Math
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Marian Small
Date Added:
02/25/2020
SolveMe Mobiles
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Math mobiles that can be used in Math Talks for "notice and wonder".

Subject:
Math
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Date Added:
12/09/2019
Which One Doesn't Belong
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Math puzzles to get students talking about their mathematical thinking. The site provides a collection of shape, number and graph sets. Each activity has four images/numbers, students then need to pick which one doesn't belong. But the trick is this, the puzzles do not have one correct answer. This can lead to interesting conversation and descriptions of what the student notices about the arrangement.

If you think up your own, you can submit them to the site.

Subject:
Math
Calculus
Foundations
Workplace and Apprenticeship
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Homework/Assignment
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Chris Hunter
Mary Bourassa
Date Added:
11/21/2018
Would You Rather - Math Style!
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“Would you Rather?” daily math challenges...usually money related.

Copy and paste this URL to give the students a worksheet to help them make and back up their decision.
Worksheet: http://www.wouldyourathermath.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/would-you-rather-11.pdf

Subject:
Math
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Date Added:
11/22/2018