# Number Cards for Counting and Number Talks

Kindergarden and First Grade pictures for addition and subtraction number talks. Pictures for Number Talks. Counting cards with cartoon animals. Pictures for counting all, counting on, counting back, and adding up strategies. Friendly representations of addition and subtraction with small numbers. Easily countable animals.

## 1. Number Talks

Number talks are informal conversations focusing on mental mathematics strategies. If used, they have an impact on elementary students´ mental mathematics abilities and problem solving strategies. Adopting brief number talks as an essential component of elementary mathematics curricula, allows students many opportunities to solve problems mentally and to discuss their reasoning.

Number talks have been used as a way to improve number sense and conceptual understanding while helping students see the relationships between numbers. Solving problems mentally and then discussing them in an open format, where the focus is on the process rather than the answer encourages learners to build on these number relationships to solve problems rather than to rely on memorized procedures.

### 1.1. Key Components

• A safe and accepting classroom environment and mathematical community
• Classroom discussions
• The teacher´s role as a “facilitator, questioner, listener, and learner”
• Use of mental math to increase efficiency and knowledge of number relationships
• Purposeful computation problems that support mathematical goals in number and operations

Procedure:

1. Teacher provides the problem.
2. Teacher provides students opportunity to solve problem mentally.
3. Students show a visual cue when they are ready with a solution. Students signal if they have solved it in more than one way too. (Quiet form of acknowledgement allows time for students to think, while the process continues to challenge those that are already have an answer)