I was working with a teacher today, and in the course of our conversation we were talking about the relationship of numbers to “anchor” numbers. For low numbers we anchor to 5 and 10. For larger numbers we anchor to multiples of those.
I wanted to add here a great activity sheet that anchors numbers to 100. The student colors the particular number (given by you or generated by dropping a bean on a 100 chart, etc.) and then looks to see how many more it takes to make 100.
The activity makes a great number sense warm-up activity for young students.
Thanks, Pat, for commenting about the colouring. I have students use the broad side of a highlighter for this task (or a wide light-coloured marker would also do nicely. We always swipe across a full row at a time (or at least in fives). I particularly stress that they are NOT to colour one dot at a time, that the important thing is to represent the number. It’s NOT art class here 🙂
I prefer using the 100 dot-array to a solid 100 grip because of the vertical and horizontal “anchoring” lines. It is easy, for instance to colour 60 and not lose track, colouring too few or too many rows: one colours the first 5 rows (to the anchor line) and one more row.