Environment of Numeracy Strategy: School-Wide Number Talk Padlet

If you give a fifth grade student and a kindergarten student the same number, they will look at it in very different ways based on their mathematical knowledge and understanding. Number Talks are a strategy to develop mathematical thinkers and to interpret numbers in various ways. As a school, we’ve launched a school-wide approach to number talks in which students are presented a number and have to represent it in as many ways as they can. It’s powerful to hear a second grade class review fourth grade posts and comment on their use of multiplication or students in 5th grade begin to use fractions, decimals and negative integers in their posts. A padlet is created each week with a randomly selected number and students add to it and review peer posts as they develop number sense and build on mathematical conversations and collaboration!

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