This post originally appeared on the blog Crazy for First Grade.
A couple of years ago, I started using digital/paperless Number Talks during my guided math block. The results from this simple, powerful teaching practice blew me away. They instantly became the perfect math warm-up! My students were engaged in meaningful discussions focused on mental math and computational strategies. They were building their understanding of number sense and flexibility in number thinking. The benefits of this daily (5-10 minutes) Number Talk routine was also evident throughout the rest of our math time.
To make Number Talks effective for my students, as well as for me, I started carefully crafting problems into digital slides each week. It didn’t take long for me to realize that digital Number Talks are amazing! All I had to do each day was open up a slideshow and my Number Talk lesson was ready. Such a time saver! Since Number Talks are all about the process of mental math computation and sharing strategies, the digital/paperless format was perfection.
Benefits of Paperless Number Talks
- Encourages math communication from all students
- Provides structured practice for mental math
- Promotes the value in using mental math to compute
- Promotes the importance of being flexible with numbers
- Uses a variety of strategies for computation
- Helps strengthen students’ understanding of place value
3rd-5th Coming Soon (Summer 2018)
These Number Talk lessons were designed to engage your learners in meaningful math conversations focused on mental math and computational strategies throughout the year. As I mentioned before, they make the perfect math warm-up! All you have to do is upload the Everything is already done for you!
The predictable and student friendly structure of the digital slides allows you to spend more time talking about math instead of giving directions/expectations over and over.
Number Talks have never been easier!
Second Grade Paperless Number Talks
Anna Brantley is a 1st grade teacher from Georgia. She’s been teaching for 12 years and loves to create fun, innovative, standards-based activities to engage her students. You can learn more about Anna and her teaching resources at her TpT store, on Facebook, or on Instagram. Also, make sure to also check out her teaching blog, Crazy for First Grade.