Number Talks

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Kindergarten - Grade 1

  • Number Talk Prompts within 5: Children

  • Jamboard      
  • The Jamboard contains a collection of children's images that can be used as a number talk prompt. Engage students in figuring out "how many" and then find different ways to decompose the set by attending to different attributes.    
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  • Last Revised: 1/27/21    
  • Number Talk Prompts within 5: Fish

  • Jamboard      
  • The Jamboard contains a collection of fish images that can be used as a number talk prompt. Engage students in figuring out "how many" and then find different ways to decompose the set by attending to different attributes.    
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  • Last Revised: 1/27/21    
  • Number Talk Prompts within 5: Monsters

  • Jamboard      
  • The Jamboard contains a collection of monster images that can be used as a number talk prompt. Engage students in figuring out "how many" and then find different ways to decompose the set by attending to different attributes.    
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  • Last Revised: 1/27/21    
  • Bears in a cave (within 5)

  • Jamboard      
  • Google Slides      
  • Each slide has a statement indicating the total number of creatures, some creatures that are visible and some creatures that are hidden "in" the cave. Students should determine the number of hidden creatures, then can move the cave graphic to check their thinking. The total number of creatures varies from 2 to 5. The creatures are either bears or dinosaurs.    
  • Video Tutorial  
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  • Last Revised: 10/5/20    
  • Frogs Behind a Log (within 5)

  • Jamboard      
  • Google Slides      
  • Each slide has a statement indicating the total number of creatures, some creatures that are visible and some creatures that are hidden behind a log. Students should determine the number of hidden creatures, then can move the log graphic to check their thinking. The total number of creatures varies from 2 to 5. The creatures are either frogs or dinosaurs.    
  • Similar Video Tutorial  
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  • Last Revised: 10/15/20    
  • Bears in a Cave (within 10)

  • Jamboard      
  • Google Slides      
  • Each slide has a statement indicating the total number of bears, some bears that are visible and some bears that are hidden "in" the cave. Students should determine the number of hidden bears, then can move the cave graphic to check their thinking. The total number of bears varies from 6 to 10.    
  • Similar Video Tutorial  
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  • Last Revised: 10/15/20    
  • Dinos in a Cave (Within 10)

  • Jamboard      
  • Google Slides      
  • Each slide has a statement indicating the total number of dinosaurs, some dinos that are visible and some dinos that are hidden "in" the cave. Students should determine the number of hidden dinos, then can move the cave graphic to check their thinking. The total number of dinos varies from 6 to 10.    
  • Similar Video Tutorial  
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  • Last Revised: 10/15/20    
  • Cups and Cubes (Within 10)

  • Jamboard      
  • This activity can be used to develop part-whole reasoning. Each board has the total (screened by a "?") and 2 parts (2 cups each covers a number of unifix cubes). Reveal any 2 quantities and students must figure out the third.    
  • Video Tutorial  
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  • Last Revised: 10/16/20    
  • Fact Family Images

  • Jamboard      
  • This Jamboard is an adaption of the Illustrative Mathematics Task Fact Families with Pictures (1.OA.B) in which students create equations that match an image. This activity helps students relate addition and subtraction. (This task is also available on the page "Cardinality, Addition and Subtraction".)    
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  • Last Revised: 12/08/20    


Grade 1 - Grade 2

  • Number Talk Prompts within 10: Children

  • Jamboard      
  • The Jamboard contains a collection of images of cheldren that can be used as a number talk prompt. Engage students in figuring out "how many" and then find different ways to decompose the set by attending to different attributes.    
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  • Last Revised: 1/27/21    
  • Number Talk Prompts within 10: Fish

  • Jamboard      
  • The Jamboard contains a collection of images of cheldren that can be used as a number talk prompt. Engage students in figuring out "how many" and then find different ways to decompose the set by attending to different attributes.    
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  • Last Revised: 1/27/21    
  • Bears in a Cave (within 10)

  • Jamboard      
  • Google Slides      
  • Each slide has a statement indicating the total number of bears, some bears that are visible and some bears that are hidden "in" the cave. Students should determine the number of hidden bears, then can move the cave graphic to check their thinking. The total number of bears varies from 6 to 10.    
  • Similar Video Tutorial  
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  • Last Revised: 10/15/20    
  • Dinos in a Cave (within 10)

  • Jamboard      
  • Google Slides      
  • Each slide has a statement indicating the total number of dinosaurs, some dinos that are visible and some dinos that are hidden "in" the cave. Students should determine the number of hidden dinos, then can move the cave graphic to check their thinking. The total number of dinos varies from 6 to 10.    
  • Similar Video Tutorial  
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  • Last Revised: 10/15/20    
  • Cups and Cubes (within 10)

  • Jamboard      
  • This activity can be used to develop part-whole reasoning. Each board has the total (screened by a "?") and 2 parts (2 cups each covers a number of unifix cubes). Reveal any 2 quantities and students must figure out the third.    
  • Video Tutorial  
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  • Last Revised: 10/16/20    
  • Fact Family Images

  • Jamboard      
  • This Jamboard is an adaption of the Illustrative Mathematics Task Fact Families with Pictures (1.OA.B) in which students create equations that match an image. This activity helps students relate addition and subtraction. (This task is also available on the page "Cardinality, Addition and Subtraction".)    
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  • Last Revised: 12/08/20    
  • Addition within 20 using Ten Frames

  • Jamboard      
  • This Jamboard provides two ten frames and counters for posing addition tasks within 20. A few starter tasks are provided.    
  • Video Tutorial  
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  • Last Revised: 8/28/20    
  • Ten Frames: Addition involving 8 or 9

  • Jamboard      
  • This Jamboard has 18 "ready-to-use" addition prompts where at least one addend is 8 or 9. On each frame, the expression is given at top and the addends are represented on ten frames which are covered.    
  • Video Tutorial  
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  • Last Revised: 10/19/20    
  • Addition within 100 using Ten Frames

  • Jamboard      
  • This Jam Board contains 16 ready-to-display double digit addition tasks with ten frames. The ten frames can be displayed or screened.    
  • Video Tutorial  
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  • Last Revised: 1/29/21    
  • Bundles and Sticks Representations

  • Google Slides      
  • This slide deck contains 6 ready-to-present sets of bundles and sticks representations. Students are asked to figure out which representations show the stated amount. This activity assumes students have prior experience with bundles and sticks as a place value manipulative.    
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  • Last Revised: 1/29/21    


Grade 2 - Grade 3

  • Addition within 20 using Ten Frames

  • Jamboard      
  • This Jamboard provides two ten frames and counters for posing addition tasks within 20. A few starter tasks are provided.    
  • Video Tutorial  
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  • Last Revised: 8/28/20    
  • Ten Frames: Addition involving 8 or 9

  • Jamboard      
  • This Jamboard has 18 "ready-to-use" addition prompts where at least one addend is 8 or 9. On each frame, the expression is given at top and the addends are represented on ten frames which are covered.    
  • Video Tutorial  
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  • Last Revised: 10/19/20    
  • Multiplicative Images

  • Google Slides      
  • This slide deck includes dozens of multiplicative images that can be used for number talks. This is KNP IG activity #M 4425.3    
  • Video Tutorial  
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  • Last Revised: 9/24/20    
  • Partially Covered Arrays

  • Google Slides      
  • Adapted from KNP IG Task M4443.3  , this slide deck consists of array images that are briefly shown, then partially covered. Student figure out how many items are in the array.    
  • Video Tutorial  
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  • Last Revised: 10/22/20    
  • Catch the Counter

  • Jamboard      
  • In this full group activity, the teacher reads and displays a skip counting sequences with an error built in. The students "Catch the Counter" by signaling when they see or hear the error. While this activity also works well verbal only, the Jamboard offers visual support that may be helpful when teaching virtually.    
  • Video Tutorial  
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  • Last Revised: 11/20/20    
  • Addition within 100 using Ten Frames

  • Jamboard      
  • This Jam Board contains 16 ready-to-display double digit addition tasks with ten frames. The ten frames can be displayed or screened.    
  • Video Tutorial  
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  • Last Revised: 1/29/21    
  • Prepared Missing Addend Tasks with Ten Frames

  • Jamboard      
  • This Jam Board contains 15 ready-to-display missing addend tasks with ten frames. The ten frames can be displayed or screened.    
  • Video Tutorial  
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  • Last Revised: 1/29/21    


Grade 3 - Grade 5

  • Multiplicative Images

  • Google Slides      
  • This slide deck includes dozens of multiplicative images that can be used for number talks. This is KNP IG activity #M 4425.3    
  • Video Tutorial  
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  • Last Revised: 9/24/20    
  • Partially Covered Arrays

  • Google Slides      
  • Adapted from KNP IG Task M4443.3  , this slide deck consists of array images that are briefly shown, then partially covered. Student figure out how many items are in the array.    
  • Video Tutorial  
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  • Last Revised: 10/22/20    
  • Catch the Counter

  • Jamboard      
  • In this full group activity, the teacher reads and displays a skip counting sequences with an error built in. The students "Catch the Counter" by signaling when they see or hear the error. While this activity also works well verbal only, the Jamboard offers visual support that may be helpful when teaching virtually.    
  • Video Tutorial  
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  • Last Revised: 11/20/20