All Aboard the Number Train!

All Aboard the Number Train!
All Aboard the Number Train!
All Aboard! Choo! Choo!

We are having such a fun time learning about teen numbers with the help of our number train.  (Little do they know that we are learning many Common Core Standards, too.)

We've used our Number Train as a math routine.  As I introduced it, we practiced counting on from the first number cart.

Counting 17 sounds like this:
10 (I circle the set with my hand) and then, count on.  11, 12, 13, etc.

Magically, a student led us towards our next steps.  The student said, "That is 10 plus seven more."  (Proud teacher moment here.)  So, I wrote down his thinking.  And the rest, just followed.

Composing and decomposing numbers.

We've been using these student work mats to help us compose and decompose numbers.  The class likes it a lot.  So much so, that I know some will be ready to work with larger numbers very soon.

How are you doing with those tricky teens?  Can your students visualize what 12 means?  I must admit that is a tough one.  We are working on it; daily.

Freebie Fridays

Click on the links to use it with your students.

Happy Teaching and Learning!
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  1. Visualize what 12 means? Ummmm. NO!!! YIKES! I may need to board this train!!

  2. Thanks for this freebie! I can't wait to use this with my kinders.

    Mrs. Greene's Kindergarten Korner

  3. This is just what we need to add some excitement to our teens numbers! This will help move my little ones along in that thinking.

  4. You always have such informative posts! This will definitely be added to our morning routine.

    1. Thanks for the compliment. You have been such an inspiration in helping me to become a better teacher of math. I love your book recommendations. :)

  5. What a great quick and easy way to reinforce teen numbers in the morning routine. Thanks!

  6. Wow!! This is so great. Love to integrate this into my daily math binder routine. Thanks so much.
    Angie K
    Making The Basics Fun

  7. Wow! This is a great way to help my little ones with their teens! Thank you sooo much!
    Crayons and Curls

  8. So cute! I'm featuring this post on Bagels and Blogs tomorrow. :)

    Math Coach’s Corner

  9. That's a great activity! Thanks!
    Heidi Butkus

  10. Super cute activity! I'll be using this ASAP!
    Teaching Fabulous Firsties!

  11. Thank you! I think our young students will really be able to grasp this tough concept using your train!

  12. S-m-a-r-t. How'd I miss this one? Glad I was scrolling back through some of your older stuff!


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