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I need help coming up with activities to help a child build number sense. I work 1 on 1 with this 2nd grader. I'm trying to find lots of different hands-on activities for developing these concepts: knowing what number comes "before" 29 without having to count up to 29 from 1, how to count on to find 3 +2 without having to count from 1 to 5, counting backwards with understanding, etc. If you have any ideas or web resources for me, I would truly appreciate your help.

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KP/NH 02-04-2007 04:02 AM

Kali---- Thanks for the good ideas and for taking the time to write such a long list! KP

kali 02-03-2007 12:58 PM

of sorting and counting of manipulatives. Things like keys, cubes, rubber toys, marbles, buttons, beans, rocks. Give student ample time to explore them and sort them and talk about the items. Have them always count them. This student will need lots of ways to see the number in a tangible way.

Dice games- opportunity to gain automaticity of looking at the dot representation on the die and knowing that number. Then move on two dice. Learning to automatically notice one number and then counting up from there. Some easy games you could make and play tomorrow are- race to 100. Using a 100's charts -starting your game piece on #1, first player to 100 wins. Each player rolls the die and moves the number of spaces on the die. I also make a template to make the number race game. using word and tables, row for each number 1-6. And then I just have several boxes (rows) above # and each time a player rolls the die they color in the box that is the number they rolled. They can play alone too...I turn it into a rainbow race for march!

Opportunities to estimate, count, and write numbers. Fill a bucket with a number of objects. Have student estimate how many "rocks" are in the bucket. Then using a shovel, he can dig out the rocks and count the actual number. Make a fun little sheet the student can log their answer and practice writing the numbers. Later a challenge can be added for them to demonstrate the difference between their guess and the actual total.

Using a 100's number grid, teach this student how to count money on it. It helps so much!! Start with pennies. They grab a handful of pennies and then place them on the number chart and state the total. Then when you move on to nickels and dimes the whole counting by 5s and 10s slips in seamlessly.

take 10 jumbo dried Lima beans. paint one side of each one red and one side of each one green. Use them to practice sums of 10. For example if your starting with what makes 5. Give the students 5 beans have them shake them a roll them. Then they have a recording sheet that has 5 beans in a line. Student color in the beans either red or green, depending on their roll. Next to it they will write the math fact, 1+4=5

If you have any budget left to spend I would highly recommend the catalog Primary Concepts for math activities, centers, games that are really good for number sense and numeration. Really great stamps, manipulatives, and fun and cute activities.

KP/NH 02-02-2007 07:09 AM

I need help coming up with activities to help a child build number sense. I work 1 on 1 with this 2nd grader. I'm trying to find lots of different hands-on activities for developing these concepts: knowing what number comes "before" 29 without having to count up to 29 from 1, how to count on to find 3 +2 without having to count from 1 to 5, counting backwards with understanding, etc. If you have any ideas or web resources for me, I would truly appreciate your help.




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