Number Talks: Helping Children Build Mental Math and Computation Strategies, Grades K-5

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Math Solutions, 2010 - Education - 390 pages
"Number Talks" is: (1) a five- to fifteen-minute classroom conversation around purposefully crafted computation problems that are solved mentally; and (2) The best part of a teacher's day. Whether you want to implement number talks but are unsure of how to begin or have experience but want more guidance in crafting purposeful problems, this dynamic multimedia resource will support you in building mental math and computational strategies. The author explains: (1) what a classroom number talk is; (2) how to follow students' thinking and pose the right questions to build understanding; (3) how to prepare for and design purposeful number talks; and (4) and how to develop grade-level-specific thinking strategies for the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. "Number Talks" includes connections to NCTM's "Principles and Standards for School Mathematics" as well as reference tables to help you quickly and easily locate strategies, number talks, and video clips. Includes a Facilitator's Guide and dvd. Appended are: (1) Author's Video Reflections; (2) Questions and Answers; (3) Suggested Grade-Level Resources; and (4) Reproducible Templates. An index is included.
 

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Contents

How Do I Prepare for Number Talks?
16
Student Thinking and Number Talks
33
How Do I Develop Specific Strategies
35
How Do I Design Purposeful Number
67
Student Thinking and Number Talks
155
Third Fourth and Fifth Grade Number Talks
183
Using Array Models to Anchor Student
233
Discussing Efficiency
241
How Do I Design Purposeful Multiplication
262
The Facilitators Guide
301
Kindergarten Classroom
306
ThirdGrade Classroom
316
FifthGrade Classroom
324
Schoolwide Perspective
330
Appendices
335
References
383

An Introduction to Common Division Strategies
254
Summary
261

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