Number Talk Resources

What is a Number Talk? A Number Talk is a short, ongoing daily routine that provides students with meaningful ongoing practice with computation:
  • keep Number Talks short, as they are not intended to replace current curriculum or take up the majority of the time spent on mathematics.
  • spend only 5 to 15 minutes on Number Talks
  • Talks are most effective when done everyday
  5130Sa0m74L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_Every Hall County school has six copies of Number Talks: Helping Children Build Mental Math and Computation Strategies by Sherry Parrish. This is probably housed in your school library under “teacher resources” or with your grade chair.  

Number Talk Resources:

Pictures of Number Talk Spaces and Anchor Charts

Subitizing Resources

Making and Using Rekenreks 

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How to Make Rekenreks

(directions submitted by another Georgia educator, Chantelle Kirk) The Rekenreks are made with a cut 4′ x 8′ sheet of 1/8 inch Tempered Perforated Hardboard from Lowe’s (make sure you do not pay for each cut). The ribbon is 3/8 inch grosgrain ribbon (I singe the ends of the ribbon in a candle flame). The pony beads are the 6 x 9 mm size. I do add a drop of a “fabric” glue to each end before I add the duct tape. I have made 100 bead Rekenreks with these materials as well. One Kindergarten class that I work with used a set of these Rekenreks for about a 2 months. They held up well and I loved seeing the kids build understanding with the Rekenreks! The yellow beads on the blue ribbon is the 1,000 display. I have bought bags of 1,000 pony beads. I put a whole bag of beads on the spool of ribbon. And then, I tie knots to separate the groups of ten and two knots with space between the hundreds. I singe both ends. I am making some with blue beads on yellow ribbon. The last picture shows the red and white hundred strand and tens. These are also on the 3/8 inch ribbon with knots and singed ends. I was hearing about frustration with “regrouping” in second grade. I thought about a way to be able to decompose a ten with these beads. Some of the tens have a clip on the end so that students can decompose the ten.

Also check out these easy to make, paint-stick rekenreks.

 Easy DIY Rekenreks using Paint Sticks- GENIUS! Hands-On Math Activity for Number Sense.Small Group