Tag: number sense



Book Ideas: A whopper of a tale!


(Vol. 3, Issue 3, April 2012) Ever exaggerate a good story? The little boy Hugh Thomas sure does in the book A Million Fish… More or Less by Patricia C. McKissack, illustrations by Dena Schutzer. In the book Hugh Thomas goes fishing in a swampy bayou. After listening to the tall tales of his elders, he catches on to the art of embellishing a story.

Ideas at Work: Control your math fate, estimate!


(Vol. 3, Issue 3, April 2012) Estimation, an important skill for young children to have, can be touched on in many different activities.

Ideas at Work: Down with naked numbers


(Vol. 3, Issue 2, February 2012) All kinds of confusion can result when children are asked to rattle off the numbers from 1 to 10 or 20 or higher without actually counting something. In our learning labs and activities we are working to help teachers find ways to avoid “Naked Numbers” and to help children understand that quantity is an attribute, not a noun.

Book Idea: The math in dots


(Vol. 3, Issue 2, February 2012) Melinda Chum is one of many teachers who have found great ways to do math with Donald Crews’ wonderful picture book 10 Black Dots. Children love going through the pages, exploring how 2 black dots form the eyes on a fox or 4 black dots can be seen as the tires on a vehicle.

Book Ideas: What kind of counting book is it?


(Vol. 2, Issue 3, December 2010) There’s nothing like a stack of attractive counting books to help young children explore number. However, it’s worth taking the time to analyze exactly how the numbers in the book are put to work, so as the children’s number sense grows, they can play with more complex understandings.

Ideas at Work: Numbers and fun with Anno’s Counting Book


(Vol. 2, Issue 3, December 2010) Teachers who go home from our Learning Lab with Anno’s Counting Book immediately put it to use to get their students exploring “how many?” After reading Anno’s, Nancy Beza at Waters encouraged her preschoolers to make a list of objects that could be found in a winter scene—snowflakes, trees, etc.

Ideas at Work: The First Day of Winter


Seminar teachers Rosa Urrutia and Katie Schneider created a fantastic poster about a math activity featuring the book The First Day of Winter.

Book Ideas: The First Day of Winter


This charming tale by Denise Fleming (Henry Holt and Company, 2005) is the perfect book for any wintry day—and a fun way to introduce a lot of important mathematical ideas.