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Fostering Children's Number Sense in Grades K-2: Turning Math Inside Out, 1st edition

  • Gregory Nelson

Published by Pearson (February 6th 2013) - Copyright © 2014

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Fostering Children's Number Sense in Grades K-2: Turning Math Inside Out (2-downloads)

ISBN-13: 9780133005301

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Table of contents



Chapter 1:  Rethinking Number Sense

What math is not

Children’s readiness to be mathematicians

How we should teach math

What the experts and the research tell us

Math inside out


Chapter 2:  How to Teach Math This Way



Preparing the teaching materials

“Math time”

Work, not play

Learner-centered instruction

How we tend to teach…and why

Creating the learning community you want

Teacher-led lessons

The perils of group work

The role of the teacher as the children work

Keeping everyone safe

Authentic assessment

Teaching tips

Helping children talk about what they know

Three levels of vocabulary acquisition

Concrete before abstract

The same thing many ways

Errors are information


Answer keys, or no answer keys?

Study group discussion starters: Turning math inside out




Chapter 3:  Place-Value Awareness Launch Points

What this is, and why it is important

What comes before, and how to get there

Logical quantification (K.NCC.4b)

Accurate counting to ten (K.NCC.1, K.NCC.4, K.NCC.5)

Connecting numerals to quantities (K.NCC.3)

Concepts and skills being reinforced at this developmental stage

The teen counting numbers have 10 as a base (K.NBT.1)

The use of zero as a place holder (1.NBT.2c)

The part-whole concept extended to the place value system (K.NBT.1, 1.NBT.2)

Place value versus face value (1.NBT.2)

The 10:1 relationship between units and tens (1.NBT.2a)

Directionality in reading multi-digit numerals (1.NBT.1)

Counting on using place value categories (K.CC.1, K.CC.2, 1.NBT.1)

Counting backwards through the decades

Estimating larger quantities

Greater than/less than in the place value system (1.NBT.3)

The relationship between hundreds and tens (2.NBT.1)

Launch points

Teen boards

Tens boards

Hands Up #1

“How Old Are We?” books

Hundreds board

Estimation activities (Unifix cubes; Cuisenaire rods; ten frames)

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