The first grade students in Ms. Johnson’s Title I class at St.Bernadette Catholic are working on developing strong number sense. Importantly, these skills that allow students to work with numbers.
A concept such as “six” can be represented multiple ways:
- Tally marks (a group of five and a single tally mark.)
- Six items such as six stars.
- The numeral 6.
- The number word “six.”
- Six dots in a 5 by 2 grid.
Number Sense and Number Lines
Number lines help students see the relationships between numbers.
Additionally, the first graders worked on sequencing numbers.
In conclusion, these number sense activities aid students’ understanding and recognition of relationships between single items and groups of items as well as concepts of more and less. We also use these activities to understand symbols represent quantities.