By Joan Novelli and Holly Grundon
This ready-to-go, four-page packet includes teaching tips and fun, meaningful activities—and offers the repeated practice kids need to really learn their numbers! Also includes a practice bubble test!
• Page 1 introduces the target number and provides guided practice for tracing and writing the number.
• Page 2 features five mini-activities that reinforce number sense.
• Page 3 lets children apply their knowledge about numbers to real-life situations.
• Page 4 offers a self-assessment as children use pictures and words to share what they know about the target number.
The word number is often used interchangeably with numeral, and for young children, differentiating between the two may create confusion. As children grow in their understanding of number concepts, they can learn that a numeral is a symbol that represents a number or idea—for example, when writing the date as month/day/year, as with 9/25/2012, the numeral 9 represents September, the ninth month of the year. To further develop math vocabulary, children can learn that a digit is a single numeral—the numeral 9 has one digit (9), while 25 has two digits (2 and 5).