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May 02 2016

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The Visual, Fun, Easy, Multi-sensory Way to Learn Addition

This is an intro to a dozen videos on the fabulous Addition on a Number Wheel.                                         Make FIVES Number Wheel: pairs of numbers that add up to 5 or 15
Make Fives on Number wheel addition

This approach is important because:

  • Number Wheels are experiential: physically and visually
  • It appeal to many kids with a multi-sensory display including coins, fingers and the Number Wheel
  • It is fun, beautiful and playful: the best way to learn
  • It involves  body movement, visual patterns, geoboard play, and worksheets (play sheets)
  • There are multiple ways to look at a problem and find answers
  • Number Wheels open discussions about Zero and Place Value
  • Uses Five and Ten as anchors for learning math

How and Why are Five and Ten used?                                                                                                                     Make TENS Number Wheel: Pairs of numbers that add up to 10

  • TEN: There are only ten number digits here: kids are intimidated by billions of numbersMake Tens on Number Wheel addition
  • We have ten fingers: useful as a tool and the basis of our numbering system
  • There are ten numbers on a Number Wheel: allows focus on simple patterns in the ones digits without distraction
  • There are ten spaces between numbers on the Number Wheel: We start at zero and take ten steps to get back to zero
  • Ten pennies equal one dime, a connection to the world of money
  • FIVE: Five is half way to Ten: even simpler, a nickel
  • We have five fingers on one hand: an easy place to start
  • Five is half way around the number wheel: important and true from any number
  • Five spaces on half the number wheel: equal space between 0-1, 1-2, 2-3, 3-4 and 4-5: addition is about moving from one number to another
  • Important equations to start: Five pennies = 1 nickel, Five Fingers = 1 hand, 5+5=10, 2 nickels= 1 dime, 1 half + 1 half = 1 whole (2 half cookies = 1 cookie)

Larger learning: Students also learnTen Digits = Ten Fingers

  • Horizontal: Side to side lines
  • Vertical: Up and Down lines
  • Parallel: like railroad tracks do not cross


Five penniesWatch for MisterNumbers Youtube videos on Number Wheels
starting on May, 9th 2016

Five pennies

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