Focus on Math

Helping children become mathematicians!

Twain Sullivan Elementary, Houston, BC April 27, 2013

Filed under: General Math — Focus on Math @ 4:35 pm

twain sullivan ele What a grand day we had at Twain Sullivan Elementary yesterday, in spite of a number of “complications” (including losing power in half the school and, oddly enough, half the room we were in). I did not even remember to tell the participants that when I first pulled into the school parking lot in the morning, there was a beautiful rainbow settled just off to the side of the school. It seemed a good omen for the day – there is something lovely about a rainbow!

We were able to persevere through the strange complications and ended up having great session. The main topic of the day was number sense, and we particularly focused on helping students build particular relationships between numbers, thus creating connections that would lead to greater overall math understanding.

There were a number of handouts that we used, and I promised “clean copies” of those. Some of those handouts are also posted elsewhere on the blog, but for the sake of simplicity, I shall repost them here in one spot for easy access for the Twain Sullivan folks (and anyone else who is interested):

Powerpoint handout of the day
Student ten frames
Mini blank ten frames 27 per page,  40 per page
Teacher ten frames
Large dot cards – set 1
Large dot cards – set 2
Large dot cards – set 3
100 dot arrays (4 & 12)
100 dot array (large)
mini blocks of 100 black dots
How far to 20?
How far to 30?
How far to 100?

The really large 10-frame that we used does not download properly – at least I have not figured out how to make it work.

If I have left anything off the list, let me know and I will add it on.

I hope I get to work with you all again in the future. I was impressed with your willingness to adapt what you are doing in math to make it better for your students. Thanks again for a great day in Houston, BC!

Mathematically yours,


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