Daily Number Sense Activities
Daily Number Sense Activities are an essential part of Math Lessons. Our Number Sense Building Activities & Printables are guaranteed to get results for any Student as part of your Daily Math Routine!
These number sense activities and math printables are really simple but we guarantee that they will work wonders with your kids’ Number Sense!
We have done a ton of research into the good, the bad and the ugly of teaching daily number sense activities so you can get the best results for your kids.
Try our list of simple ideas every day. Spend just 5-10 minutes on these math tasks and you will see big improvements in your students’ fluency and flexibility with numbers.
Best of all you will see your kids change their own mindset about their abilities in math. They will transform before your very eyes to become more positive, confident mathematical thinkers.
They may even become lovers of math!
Before Teaching Number Sense
Before you rush into teaching these quick daily number sense activities, there are a couple of things I need you to know!
- Memorization & Speed Are Practice Activities
- Hands-on Exploration & Investigation Comes Before Practice
As a Numeracy Coach, I have spent way too much time trying to undo the effects of ugly teaching strategies on too many kids. Teaching strategies that focus on speed, rote, recall and practice BEFORE a concept has been taught and explored by kids are PURE EVIL.
These strategies will have kids stressed out, anxious and hating math in double quick time. And just so we are clear, memorization and speed is not an indication of mathematical ability, according to my experience and the research by Professor Jo Boaler!
“Brain science tells us that the students who are better memorizers do not have more math “ability” or potential but we continue to value the faster memorizers over those who think slowly, deeply and creatively – the students we need for our scientific and technological future.”
The effects of timed tests, and fast answers, whole class competitions, have terrible traumatising effects on kids. These types of math activities cause stress and anxiety and will isolate and exclude students from demonstrating their true abilities.
But worse than this, kids are often left believing that they are bad at math and are “Not A Math Person” (Boaler). So they give up on math altogether because of their embarrassment at not being the fastest performer!
So please promise me you won’t do this to your kids!
Effective Teaching Of Daily Number Sense Activities
Number sense activities tend to have a habit of exposing math misunderstandings, gaps and misconceptions, especially during an Admin Lesson Observation!
So be prepared! Effective number sense sessions don’t happen instantly. They may be a little messy and a tad stressful, at the start of the year.
If they are not running smoothly and you find your students struggling don’t go off on a tangent. Don’t try to fix the problems in the heat of the moment.
Just put the task aside and plan a teaching session to cover the concept at a later date. Daily number sense activities should be short and not take the whole lesson. In fact, they can be done at any time of the day!
For the concepts the kids find challenging make plans to teach them, either as a whole class or in a small group guided math session.
The number sense tasks that your kids struggle with should never become part of your warm-up until they have been taught properly.
Number Sense Skills
Here’s a list of the 5 components required for good Number Sense, as identified by the National Council of Teachers.
Developing these five components of number sense is crucial for building a solid mathematical foundation in students. By nurturing number meaning, number relationships, number magnitude, operations involving numbers, and referents for numbers and quantities, we empower students to become confident, flexible, and proficient mathematicians.
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