Figuring out how to teach number sentences in elementary school can be a real challenge.
You want your math classes to be fun and challenging. And you need to make sure your students are learning all the important standards.
They’re already learning fractions, numbers in Base-10, and the four operations. How can you find the time for expressions, equations, and number sentences?
The secret is learning to teach with number sentences. The activities you learn in this workshop, will help you turn any elementary standard into a fun and engaging expressions and equations activity.
How to Teach Number Sentences in Elementary Math
This mystery of how to teach number sentences can be solved with the number sentence proof.
Too often, we ask our math students to circle the correct answer, or fill-in-the-blank. These questions are easy to correct, but they don’t build conceptual understanding or a passion for math.
With number sentence proofs, you’ll engage, challenge, and support all your students. They’ll develop their algebraic reasoning, while mastering all your grade level standards. They’ll learn new concepts faster, and they’ll retain what they learn for years to come.
How Number Proofs Work
A number proof starts with a completed equation. Students first figure out if the equation is true or false. Then, they prove their answer with both calculation and reasoning. Here are some examples:
- 3 x 5 = 5 + 5 + 5
- 19 + 7 = 20 + 6
- 5 ÷ 5 = 0
- 1/3 x 3 = 1
Number proofs create great opportunities for collaborative inquiry and mathematical discussion.
Once your students have mastered these closed number proofs, your students can begin solving open number proofs, with letter variables or shape variables.
Students can complete this activity again and again, to learn about fractions, multiplication, expanded form, variables, units, or pretty much any elementary math standard.
So stop wondering how to teach number sentences. Enroll today for all the teaching strategies and resources you’ll need to make your students love learning about expressions and equations. We’ll go step-by-step over how to plan and teach an inquiry-based, number proofs lesson.
How to Teach Number Sentences, Expressions, and Equations consists of four 90-minute sessions. Each session is conducted in real time, with a live facilitator. You’ll solve problems and engage in discussions with fellow educators.
As a participant, you’ll learn to harness the power of number sentences, and you’ll receive your own copies of all the print and digital classroom resources to bring what you learn back to your classroom the very next day!
Session 1: Closed Number Proofs – Learn the basics of number proofs. Put on your “student hat” and challenge yourself to prove challenging number sentences.
Session 2: Open Number Proofs – Introducing letter and shape variables makes number proofs much more challenging and powerful.
Session 3: Aligning to Standards – Design and solve number proofs that support your grade level standards.
Session 4: Planning and Assessment – Learn to plan and teach collaborative, inquiry-based lessons using expressions and equations. Assess conceptual understanding with rubrics, projects, and portfolios.
Save Your Seat
Enrollment is open to all elementary school teachers, administrators, instructional coaches, tutors, and homeschool parents.
For more on teaching with scale models, read our article, Proving Number Sentences: The #1 Way to Build Algebraic Reasoning.
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About the Presenter
Jeff Lisciandrello is a curriculum specialist and educational technology consultant specializing in student-centered instruction. He has over 15 years experience as a classroom teacher and instructional coach. In Jeff’s workshops, you won’t just hear about differentiation and inquiry-based learning: You’ll experience them first-hand. Find him on Twitter @EdTechJeff