Monday, 10 February 2014

Number Talks

We participate in a "Number Talk" routine during our morning math block.  Mrs. Steuart will write an equation on the Smartboard. We look at it and think about how we could solve it in our heads. Our thumbs go up when we are ready with an answer. Then Mrs. Steuart will ask for a show of hands for people to share their mental math strategies with the class. This is the fun part because we get to see a variety of ways people solve problems mentally. There are so many strategies! The big idea is to make numbers more compatible or friendly. This means that numbers are easier to work with and they are usually multiples of five or ten.

We used the App - Explain Everything - to create videos of our mathematical thinking. Check them out below:

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