Awesome Math Book!

I've just finished reading Jessica Shumway's Number Sense Routines for K-3. What an amazing book! I highly recommend it to anyone who's trying to improve their daily math routines.

Jessica discusses (in wonderful detail) ways to effectively use rekenreks, 10 frames, cubes, number grids, dot cards, organic number lines, and different types of counting. There's also a great chapter on building a caring and supportive math community.

One thing (of many!) that caught my eye was her idea of making a math box for each child.

The math box can be used during math stations and small group lessons. Here's a list of what could be in the box for Grades K and 1:

1. Number grids (0-30, 0-100, or 0-280, depending on need). Be sure to include a black grid, a multi-coloured grid (to highlight patterns), and a blank grid (to print the #s)
2. Number cards (with pictures) or numeral cards, from 1 to 30, and for the decades.
3. A "ten wand" (five cubes of one colour snapped together with five of another colour).
4. Markers and erasers for writing on the grids.

If you're looking for a fun math game I've downloaded an adding game from BEAM.

Hope this is helpful. I'd love to hear from you if you've read this book or have any questions about it :)

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