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Number Talks in Middle and High School

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Power Point Presentation  (something close to what was shown at TMC15 Flex Session)


Some Resources




Making Number Talks Matter   Developing Mathematical Practices and Deepening Understanding Grades 4-10

     by Cathy Humphreys & Ruth Parker

Number Talks  Helping Children Build Mental Math and Computation Strategies    by Sherry Parrish (includes a DVD with lots of classroom examples)



Intentional Talk  How to Structure and Lead Productive Mathematical Discussions  by Elham Kazemi & Allison Hintz  

5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions  by Margaret S. Smith and Mary Kay Stein  


Convince your administrator to buy these books for your school's professional library !   


Stuff on this Wiki


Overview of Number Talks  From Math Perspectives (2007) a very good introduction and rationale for Number Talks


The Difference between a Number Talk and A Math Lesson  Something to think about - you can read it later.


How to start     This 2 page document will facilitation tips that might be useful


Elementary Stuff that may be Useful to you


Common Math Strategies  A list of mental math strategies for the 4 operations.  Students should know/use these. This comes from Sherry Parrish's book.


How to Use Number Strings in a Number Talk  directed towards 4th & 5th but useful for all


Lots of Number Strings for grades 3-5    From Sherry Parrish's book


Dot Card/Frame Card stuff  - don't think this is too easy for the students!!

Kindergarten  Dot cards

First Grade Frame Cards

Grades 3-6 Dot Cards


Article from Teaching Children Mathematics "Number Talks build Numerical Reasoning" by Sherry Parrish

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