- Print a set of number cards for each child in your class. Printing them on colored cardstock works well.
- Laminate them and cut them out. (More capable students can make their own.)
- Punch a hole in the bottom of each card and assemble them in numerical order (place the question mark at the end).
- Use a brad or small ring to hold the cards together.
- Have kids display the number as you call it out.
- Have kids choose a number, compare with a friend's number, and determine which is larger.
- Let children display a number that is one larger or one smaller than the one you call.
- Have them display a number that comes between two numbers that you call.
- Children can display the question mark card if they are unsure about the number you call.
I hope you and your students will get lots of use out of these number fans! I've enjoyed being with you today. Please feel free to hop over and visit me at my blog Teach The Math. I would love to hear your comments on the number fan or ideas about how you teach number sense in your classroom. Thanks for reading along and keep on teaching the math!
Dr. Penny Messick is an Instructional Specialist with the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI). She spent 25 years teaching K-2 and is a strong supporter of inquiry based learning. She spends most of her days providing resources and professional development for elementary teachers across south Alabama. Penny blogs at www.teachthemath.com. She can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.