More Great Math Routines

Posted on October 1, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Classroom environment, Common Core, Mathematical Proficiency | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

What is a math routine?

A math routine is a whole class math activity that you do overtime.  There are a variety of different types of routines.  You can do routines to:

1) Build Number Sense

2) Build Vocabulary

3) Build Conceptual Knowledge

4) Build Mathematical Modeling Skills

5) Build Procedural Fluency

6) Build Strategic Competence

7) Build a Strong Mathematical Disposition

When:  Anytime (they usually last between 5-10 minutes once the students know them)

How:  Routines are set up in a variety of ways – individual, partner, small group or whole class


1. Half It!  Teacher gives an even starter number.  Kids verbally toss it around the room- each child halving it until you get to the first odd number.  So for example,

Starter number 20 – Trevor says 10 – Mica says 5 – we stop.

Starter number 200 – Michael says 100 – John says 50…they keep going till they can’t go anymore

Starter number 1/2 – Carlos says 1/4 – Trina says 1/8 ….

2. Double It!   Teacher gives a starter number and kids verbally toss it around the room…this time doubling the number.

3.  Number Line It! –  Draw an unlabeled numberline and then have the students plot numbers.

Teacher says…draw a numberline…start it with 500 end it with 1000…write where 650 is…write where 899 is….

Teacher says…draw a numberline…start with 2/3 and end with two and a half…write where one and a half goes…write where 1 and 3/4 goes… write where 2 goes

Other Resources

1) Number of the Day & More

2) Reasoning Routines

3) Count Around the Room

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki


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15 Great Number Sense Center Games

Posted on September 17, 2010. Filed under: Digital Learners, Math Centers, virtual manipulatives | Tags: , |

Number sense is the major strand that is taught in the primary grades.  It is said to be like common sense, in that although we don’t have an exact definition of what it is, we know when students don’t have it:)  Actually, there are some specific elements of number sense though (more on that later).  This website has 15 games to build number sense concepts.  Some of these games are really cool!  Check them out!

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