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 


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