Kids Education for Number Sense Measures Up

With an emphasis on number sense, students are prepared to meet and often exceed the Common Core State Math Standards and the Curriculum Focal Points articulated by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics expect students to show their understanding of 8 mathematic practices.

1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

Kids’ Education for Number Sense Math is designed to encourage students to share their understanding of different problems. For example, students may be asked to verbally explain how a small set of objects (dots) can be grouped or decomposed into smaller sets of objects. Using the leveled flash cards, students may explain how a semi-random arrangement of 5 dots can be seen as one set of 2 dots and another set of 3 dots. Students demonstrate their understanding of problems by representing problems as prompted on the “Show” cards. These representations may be made with manipulatives or on a circle number line.

Students can persevere in solving problems if they can either represent a solution successfully or find different ways to find a solution to a problem. Opportunities to persevere are provided through the numerous games included in the KENS Math program. Students can also say when an answer does or does not make sense. For example, a student can look at combining two small sets and know that the answer is less than 10 when both sets contain less than 5 items.

2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

Students can describe how one number is more or less than another number verbally and by using manipulatives. Students can demonstrate that a larger number on a number line is further to the right than a smaller number using one of the KENS Math number lines.

3. Construct viable arguments & critique the reasoning of others.

KENS Math provides opportunities for students to work in pairs. They are able to give feedback about answers that are correct or incorrect through the peer-assisted Math Friends activities.

4. Model with mathematics.

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and explain a real life problem in mathematical terms with or without manipulatives. In KENS Math, students are asked to create equations and examples using objects and examples. 5. Use appropriate tools strategically.

KENS Math students can use different number lines (paper and three dimensional wooden number lines) to represent different number values. Students can also use number lines as a measurement tool. The program makes extensive use of manipulatives that can be used to model different math problems.

6. Attend to precision

The ability to subitize and provide correct answers to simple math facts are a core focus of the KENS Math program. Students must correctly master one level before moving on to a more challenging level.

7. Look for & make use of structure.

Students learn simple patterns such as the commutative law of addition. For example, if the problem is 5 + 3 students could state the same problem as 3 + 5

8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning

Students in the program will recognize patterns and strategies for solving problems. For example, when subtracting two single digit numbers, students may use inverse addition to solve the problem.

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