Here's the understatement of the year: teaching place value is kind of a big deal! From kindergarten through 5th grade, "Numbers and Operations in Base Ten" shows up in the common core math standards like clockwork. The task of "understanding place value" grows in complexity every year and ...

# Number Sense

Number sense is the foundation for a multitude of math concepts. Here you will find everything you need to know to teach and review number sense.

## 5 Ways to Have Fun With Math Name Tags

As you know, I am always trying to think of fun and interactive ways to teach math. I wrote a blog post a while ago about ways to make reviewing multiplication fun and one of the ideas was to buy "Hello My Name Is" name tag stickers and write equations on them. Then students would have to call each ...

## Ten Frame Calendars – A New Twist on Calendar Time

Put a new twist on calendar time by using a Ten Frames Calendar to teach concepts like odd and even, counting on, composing and decomposing numbers. All while making note of special school events and holidays. A Ten Frame Calendar can help students: see how 10's are built easily ...

## Interactive Number Lines: A Number Sense Builder

Have you been looking for a hands-on way to build number sense in your elementary kids? Look no further, I have just the thing. Interactive number lines! All you need is painter’s tape, index cards and sticky notes. What is so great about interactive number lines? Join me as I show ...

## Rounding 101 – Number Lines, Games and More

Are you looking for rounding games and activities that will help your students master this tricky skill? I've got the solution. And it has to do with number lines. Why is Rounding So Important? If you live in a state that uses math common core standards (3.NBT.1) or some ...

## 6 Strategies for Teaching Skip Counting

Let's talk about skip counting! This skill is sometimes viewed as an arbitrary math skill or something you recite on the playground. Skip counting is so much more. It helps students see patterns in numbers as well as lays a great foundation for number sense and learning the multiplication ...

## Using Interactive Number Lines to Support Number Sense

Since the beginning of the school year, I've been thinking about ways to build number sense with my students. Check out my earlier post 3 Math Routines to Build Number Sense. I recently stumbled upon an idea about using number lines to help students better understand the relationship between ...

## 3 Math Routines to Build Number Sense

Are your students having great difficulty counting and understanding number relationships with numbers beyond 100? Well, I definitely understand! Building number relationships and number sense can be a struggle. According to the common core standards, students in the 1st grade should be able to ...

## Math Literature Connection – One Big Pair of Underwear

Recently, I had an opportunity to connect with a new children's author by the name of Laura Gehl. She wrote a wonderful book entitled, One Big Pair of Underwear. The book infuses counting concepts for primary grades in a way that is fun and humorous. I eagerly took on the task ...

## Fly on a Math Teachers Wall: Place Value

Welcome to the Fly on the Math Teacher's Wall Blog hop. Today 15 talented math educators are hopping along to discuss place value. Place Value is such an important topic but many of our students have a difficult time applying many of the principles. Today my focus will be on utilizing ...

## Hundreds Chart Fun Pack

Check out this 90+ page packet that contains 3 core activities to support number sense of numbers 1 through 1,000. Hundreds Chart Frenzy is an activity in which students fill in missing numbers on hundreds charts all the way to 1,000. Number Sense Puzzles build strong number ...

## Engaging Hundreds Chart Activities Part 2

This is part 2 of a two part post on Hundred Chart Activities. If you have read part 1 of the post, welcome back. If this is your first post with me I would like to welcome you. The hundreds chart is a tool for students to explore and think about the number system. Students can use it in a ...

## Engaging Hundreds Chart Activities

Looking for fun hundreds chart activities? In this blog post I'll discuss different ways to engage your students in activities using hundreds charts. These charts are great tools for students to explore and think about the number system. You can use them to teach a variety of math concepts ...

## Mystery Bag Number Activities

Are you looking for a way to engage your students in new and interesting ways? Then the mystery bag activity is just for you! Purchase 6 gift bags from your local Dollar Tree or Walmart. In fact, the bags used in this example were 2 for a $1.00. The total cost of the 6 bags from the Dollar Tree ...