More activities which will help you get a better of sense of numbers and understand what we mean by place value.
While musing about the difficulties children face in comprehending number structure, notation, etc., it occured to the author that there is a vast array of occasions when numbers and signs are used. . . .
What could these drawings, found in a cave in Spain, represent?
There are six numbers written in five different scripts. Can you sort out which is which?
What do you see as you watch this video? Can you create a similar video for the number 12?
Read this riddle and see if you can work out how the trees must be planted.
Can you find some examples when the number of Roman numerals is fewer than the number of Arabic numerals for the same number?
This article for pupils explores what makes numbers special or lucky, and looks at the numbers that are all around us every day.
These activities will help children develop a strong sense of number.
These games devised by Jenni Way use dot cards which will help children see the structure of numbers 1-6 and give them confidence as they begin to add and subtract these numbers.
Dotty Six game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have three sixes in a straight line?
These tasks will help learners develop their understanding of place value, particularly giving them opportunities to express numbers as amounts.
In this article, Alf outlines six activities using the Gattegno chart, which help to develop understanding of place value, multiplication and division.
Exploring the structure of a number square: how quickly can you put the number tiles in the right place on the grid?
Can you find different ways of showing the same number? Try this matching game and see!
Dotty Six is a simple dice game that you can adapt in many ways.
A task which depends on members of the group noticing the needs of others and responding.
This activity is best done with a whole class or in a large group. Can you match the cards? What happens when you add pairs of the numbers together?
These interactive dominoes can be dragged around the screen.
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a useful representation for many number concepts.
Bernard Bagnall recommends some primary school problems which use numbers from the environment around us, from clocks to house numbers.
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
This article looks at how models support mathematical thinking about numbers and the number system
This article for teachers describes how modelling number properties involving multiplication using an array of objects not only allows children to represent their thinking with concrete materials,. . . .
I added together some of my neighbours' house numbers. Can you explain the patterns I noticed?
Some of the numbers have fallen off Becky's number line. Can you figure out what they were?
This article for the young and old talks about the origins of our number system and the important role zero has to play in it.
First of two articles about Fibonacci, written for students.