Guided Reading

Guided Reading
Guided Reading



Number Sense Routines Book Study: Chapter One

Hi friends!  I hope you are enjoying your Summer or getting close to it :)  I  am very excited to get this book study started.  I am totally new to this so stick with me!

Chapter One

This chapter starts with an example of four children working through  a mathematical problem, 600-378.  Each of the students were at different levels of number sense.  This was clear by how the children were responding with how they would solve the problem.

If you were to ask me in third grade or honestly even now what 600-378 was I would line them up and start taking away from the zero, moving over a place and taking away from the 6.  I wouldn't think twice about it.  However, I was so impressed that these third graders had much better ideas on how to solve this problem.  The student "Anita" showed the largest sense  of number sense.

I think this is why I love the idea of teaching number sense to my Kindergartners ...because I am learning right a long with them!  Even as adults we can learn strategies and change our "set in stone" ways.

The next section went into why we should teach number sense.  It mentioned that **students with a strong number sense will look at mathematics as a form of reaching understandings...rather than just looking at math as a set of rules to follow.**

The book then mentioned 10 qualities students with a strong number sense  will possess:

1. A sense of what numbers mean.

2. An ability to look at the world in quantities.

3. An ability to make comparisons of quantities.

4.  An ability to be flexible, automatic, and fluent with numbers.

5. Ability to perform mental math.
6. Ability to be flexible with problems.

7.  Ability to be automatic with math information.

8. An ability to determine reasonableness of an answer.

9. An ability to decide on a strategy depending on the numbers given.

So, now it's your turn!  Comment below in the comments section or link up using the "grab my button" on my right side bar.
Place the button on your blog and answer the questions below.

1. What is your current comfort level with teaching number sense?
2. What have you already started in your classroom to build number sense?
3. What have you considered adding to your classroom that will give your students that much needed "multiple exposures" component?

I will be back on Tuesday, June 18th with my answers to the questions above and Chapter 2:  Improving Number Sense- -Routines that are not recognized

If you have yet to link up do that below! :)


  1. Thanks for setting up this book study! Love this book and look forward to reading more about your thoughts and ideas. Karla

  2. So glad that you are doing this book study! I bought this book during the school year after attending a math conference with all intentions of reading it then got bogged down with work!! Thanks for giving me motivation to read it again!!


  3. I am so excited to be following along as I read this book! I ordered a book for a dear friend and colleague of mine who's in Kindergarten. I'm making the move to 1st grade, but I'm thrilled I can still use so much of your stuff. Ok...on to the questions:
    1. I would say that thanks to the Common Core, I am more comfortable with teaching Number Sense now...BUT I had never really approached number sense in the way I have now so I have a long ways to go.
    2. I have started number exploration activities that include Part-Part-Whole. I've used dice, unifix cubes, counting bears along with the Part-Part-Whole mat to help develop a better understanding that there are different ways to make a number. I have also used exchange games like Win a Flat and Win a Bundle to help with place value concepts.
    3. I know that I have to be more cognizant of different strategies that lead to the same answer. I definitely plan on having my students take the time to explain how they arrived at an answer more frequently so that students can be exposed to different methods and decide for themselves which would be the best for them. I would also make an effort to present Math problems and allow them to explore possible solutions the same way Chapter 1 begins.

    Can't wait for Chapter 2!

    Vivian :)