Thursday, November 3, 2011

Starting Number Bonds

I got a great question today in MN.  Kitty asked how to start number bonds.  Number bonds (also called fact families) can be started in pre-k.  In kindergarten, you want to focus on number bonds to 10.  Mastering those in critical to later success.

Start at the concrete level, using a variety of manipulatives and oral language.  In kinder, I like to start with the number 4, and keep going up as they master each number.  Use hula hoops to tell human number bond stories. Have students work in groups of 4, each contributing one shoe.  You can also use zoo pal plates and number bracelets to work on number bonds at the concrete level.

Here's a great you tube video showing how some teachers in North Carolina are using number bonds.  

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