Thursday, March 1, 2012

Foundational Numeracy Skills



I've spent a couple of days this week in meetings for what could, I guess, be called an early numeracy task force for my district.  We've been discussing and developing a continuum of skills our students must have to be considered numerically fluent.  No surprise that we have been referring to John Van de Walle's Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics: Grades PreK-2 extensively.  If you are a primary math teacher, this is about the best $45 you can spend!

Foundational to the development of number sense is...drum roll...subitizing!  Did you know that Van de Walle's website has downloadable versions of the blackline masters found in the back of his book?  Well, now you do.  BLM 3-8 contain dot cards for practicing subitizing.  Since they are quite small, I enlarged some of them for my Kinder teachers to use whole group.  Click here to grab your free copy!



14 comments :

  1. What a great post! This book is for K-3, the author also has one for 3-5... would you recommend this?

    I have a third graders who is missing out on basic skills, he is about a year behind due to a disability that was recently diagnosed. Which book would be best to use with him?

    Thanks!
    Mrs Poland
    Think, Wonder, & Teach

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  2. The K-3 and 3-5 books overlap a little bit. I would say that since he's got some gaps, you might want to start with K-3, but you're not going to have much in that book for multiplication and division. It's tricky with 3rd grade.

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  3. I am your follower already. I like the Number Posters to 20.

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    1. Hey Elena, email me so I can send it to you, okay?

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    2. my e-mail is egruwell@del=valle.k12.tx.us

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    3. Oops. I copied and pasted your email address from what you posted above, but the email bounced back to me.

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  4. I'm a big fan of Van de Walle!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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  5. I'm a big fan of Van de Walle!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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  6. Our Math Study Group is also using Van De Walle's book to create/modify units for building numeracy and fluency. I'd love to see the list you guys come up with for the continuum of skills K students must have to be considered numerically fluent.
    Lisa
    teachez1@yahoo.com

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    1. Sounds like a fabulous project you're embarking on! Our district develops our curriculum based on the Texas standards, the TEKS, so we don't have to create our own. I did roadmap out a progression that could be used for common core standards in this post.

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    2. I've been a follower of your blog for awhile, and I thank you so much! I teach kindergarten and I am on my district's Math committee. Trying to find some good professional books to read this summer, to help me be a better Math teacher and to contribute to the committee I am on. Our district has Go Math, which is aligned to CC. It sounds like this is a great professional book. Are there others you would recommend? Thanks Donna!

      Stacey
      http://www.ex-expatmom.com

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  7. Thank you for sharing. I would like a copy of the 1-20 posters please and thank you.
    www.phyllis.smith@killeenisd.org

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    1. I tried to email your posters, but this email address kicked back. :(

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