Ten WandHelps to develop ... combinations of ten, commutative property, partpartwhole ideas, ten and five structure How it works ... ten Unifix cubes are put together to make a "wand". The wand is made of five cubes of one colour and five of another. When the wand is waved it breaks in to two groups. Why it is important ... the wand gives learners a visual and physical representation of the decomposition of ten. Possible ways to use the routine ...

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Ways to Make A NumberHelps with developing ... composing and decomposing number, place value understanding, relationships between ones, tens, and hundreds, baseten grouping ideas, thinking flexibly and fluently about number. How it works ... learners write as many ways as they can to make a number. Visuals, equations, and/or models can all be used. This routine can be used in an openended way without given guidelines. This routine can also be guided by giving guidelines such as ... "Make the number using three addends." Why is it important ... helps learners build their sense of larger numbers and how they can be composed and decomposed, understanding of place value, and their ability to use numbers flexibly and fluently. Questions and strategies to elicit and support student thinking ...

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Today's NumberHelps with developing ... number relationships 10 to 100, grouping ideas, understanding numbers in different contexts How it works ... A number is strategically chosen and a serious of questions are asked to explore the number.. Why is it important ... this routine is a great opportunity to develop students understanding of number in many different contexts. Questioning strategies to elicit student thinking ...
Additional Resources ... can be found on the resource page. 
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Mental MathHelps with developing ... flexible thinking, efficient strategies, place value understanding, baseten and grouping, using relationships among numbers, computations, operation properties How it works ... Learners are given a story problem or an equation to solve in their head. Solutions are shared with the whole group verbally. The most efficient strategies are discussed. Why is it important ... it builds learners ability to calculate and think flexibly about number. After more experience and skilled facilitation, learners can begin to see which strategies are most effective to use given numbers. Questioning strategies ...
For more detailed discussion of number talks see Number talks: Helping children build mental math and computation strategies, grades K5 (Parrish 2010) 


Bibliography
Parrish, S. (2010). Number talks: Helping children build mental math and computation strategies, grades K5. Sausalito, CA: Math Solutions.
Shumway, J. (2011). Number sense routines: Building numerical literacy every day in grades K3. Portland, Me.: Stenhouse.