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A Must-Have In Your Personal Professional Library April 20 2012
By Elementary Math Teacher - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is so many things I've been looking for all in one place. It is a goldmine, a bank of powerful strategies, which are critical for building number sense (the foundation of all mathematics). I especially love the visual routines. These help students "see" numbers and deepen their understanding of how numbers work (how they can be flexible by decomposing them). This understanding makes their learning so much more meaningful and practical when it is transferred to "mental math", which is used daily in the real world. As I was reading this, I eagerly implemented what I was reading and used many of the resources before I even finished the book! I teach third grade math and found many great ideas for differentiating my instruction-for my remedial groups all the way to modifications of the strategies to challenge my high performers. Reading this book inspired me to start a "vertical team" book study, open to any interested K-5 math teachers (gen ed and ESE) at my school. I can't wait to see the effects of the great conversations we've been having!
36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
a real source of breakthrough ideas March 30 2012
By Ben - Published on Amazon.com
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I have two pre-school boys, 5 and 4. I noticed my five year old developing a lot of enthusiasm for numbers and I recognized his "number sense" was pretty good. I wanted to take a queue from his enthusiasm and help him develop that better so I got this book on number sense. Even before it arrived, I was reading the preview and was impressed with the Early Number Sense Learning Trajectory. Right away I recognized some things that could help both my boys. After I received the book, I've been reading through it and it's full of ideas that I can use for years to come. The book is helping me understand the learning process my boys are going through, and how to plan and implement routines that will help them develop an advanced sense of number.

The book has useful ideas for pre-school through most of the elementary grades. The cover indicates K-3 but there's some 4th grade examples inside. More importantly, there's routines that will help people develop their number sense from wherever it's at now, no matter their age.

My boys are examples of the early stages. My little one had some sense of magnitude, one-to-one correspondence in counting, and cardinality, but if you showed him four or five things he was still counting them. I started to work with him in subitizing with dot cards. In just a few days, he's gone from subitizing three up to six. We're making this a routine, for him with a single die (from a pair of six-sided dice), dot-pattern cards, and the dominoes whose two halves total to maybe 8. I'm using a ten wand and introducing ways to make a number. We also do choral counting as a family and we're starting to include him on counting around the circle.

My older boy was excited about the dot patterns when I showed the kids the cards I had made. At first they just went up to six, but I told him I had some harder ones with more dots. Right away he tells me, "I know if it has five and five that's ten!" He was developing his sense of unitization.

I had worked with him, introducing number lines, both in abstract, and as a thermometer, ruler, tape measure, weight scale, and the clock. I also showed him number circles on the circular clock, scale, thermometer dial, and a circular day of the week and month calendar I made. He could read any analog clock to the minute with or without numbers printed on it and had a pretty good grasp of modular arithmetic.

For him, I brought out the dominoes that go up to 18 (two 9-dot patterns). I'm also using two dot-pattern cards or both dice at the same time. He's telling me things like, "I know this is 17 because nine and nine are eighteen but this one is missing one dot." He has good mastery of ten, ways to make ten, and factors of ten (he tells me that he knows 80 and 80 is 160 because he knows that 8 and 8 is sixteen). He also counts into the thousands, races through backward counting by one from 100, and skip counts by two and ten. He's developing a better sense of compensation, and I think he will also get better at mental math with numbers other than factors of 2, 5 and 10. I really look forward to having more in-depth discussion with him about things like ways to make a number, and having him explain his thinking in addition to the answer.

In recollecting my own education in math, I distinctly remember a decisive turning point during the 4th grade. In 3rd grade I was loving it and excelling at the level of adding and subtracting fractions. By 4th, math became algorithmic, tedious, and I began to struggle. The only time I really enjoyed math after that was when I discovered Euclidean geometry. What I was missing was the kind of number sense the routines in this book help to develop when they're practiced daily. Because of that, the only strategies I had for problem solving were inefficient, tedious, and algorithmic. If you think about it, a long-division problem is whole bunch of simple subtraction and multiplication problems bundled into an algorithm. If you have strong metal math skills and the ability to pick efficient strategies to solve the component problems, everything will go well. If not, a whole sheet of long division problems is tedium beyond what one can bear. It's the same thing with quadractic equations and polynomials. Unfortunately my own educators focused on explaining the algorithms without recognizing the gaps in my skills and number sense. I believe this happened because they simply didn't know what to do about that anyway. This book has the answers.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Not just for the K-3 Crowd! July 9 2012
By R. Wood - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book thinking that I would still be working with younger students for the upcoming school year. Of course then I get moved back to my first love: upper elementary. I had the book though and decided to read it anyway. Gosh am I glad I did!! Students all over the country struggle with REAL number sense and the routines and ideas in this book are awesome and will be relatively easy to implement. They don't all have to be used but it's set up in a way that you can use what works for you as long as you make it a routine that is predictable.

I will have 4th and 5th graders this year, most of whom scored lowest in "numbers and operations" on their end-of-year math assessments. I am excited to adapt the ideas in this book for my older friends and hopefully help them to really gain an awareness and true understanding of numbers instead of just figuring out how to get an awesome. Well worth every penny I paid for it!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Very interesting and helpful teaching tool for number sense! Nov. 30 2012
By Kathy D. Coffey - Published on Amazon.com
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I have only begun to read this, but what I have gleaned from my readings so far has been very helpful in understanding number sense, how kids develop number sense, and planning lessons to facilitate number sense. I greatly appreciate the table outlining the routines. It is a wonderful, quick reference that helps me look back and remember: "Now which routine was helpful with this skill?" or "How does the routine work?" The question strategies are so helpful because sometimes after plotting out my lessons into my lesson plans, I'm just a little too tired to think of really good questions! I've looked ahead and I believe there are also suggestions as to how to differentiate for various levels of understanding. Thanks for writing such a helpful teacher-friendly resource.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great for elementary math teachers April 7 2013
By Lauren C. - Published on Amazon.com
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I use this book in my first grade class and I've seen so much improvement in my students. I find that so often teachers teach math without any number sense. This book gives you practical, easy to implement activities to boost number sense. LOVE this book and recommend it to many parents and colleagues.


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