This title is part of a three-book Teaching Number Sense series that focuses on the critical role that number sense plays in developing mathematical understanding. Number sense encompasses a wide range of abilities, including being able to make reasonable estimates and to think and reason flexibly. These lessons help students develop good number intuition and the ability to see numbers as tools, not barriers. By encouraging young children to reason their way to solutions, teachers help students form a solid foundation upon which all of their later mathematical understanding will be built.
Lessons in this book are organized in an accessible, easy-to-read format that includes an overview, a materials list, the lesson duration, step-by-step teaching directions, and vignettes of how the lesson actually unfolded in a classroom. Each lesson concludes with a list of assessment questions to help guide teacher observations. In this book, children learn to compose and decompose larger numbers, develop their computation strategies, strengthen their sense of place value, and sharpen their estimation skills.