Number Talks: Whole Number Computation, Grades K-5

By Sherry Parrish
Number Talks
  1. A five- to fifteen-minute classroom conversation around purposefully crafted computation problems that are solved mentally.
  2. The best part of a teacher's day.

This dynamic multimedia resource was created in response to the requests of teachers--those who want to implement number talks but are unsure of how to begin and those with experience who want more guidance in crafting purposeful problems. It supports teachers in understanding:

  • what a classroom talk is;
  • how to follow students' thinking and pose the right questions to build understanding;
  • how to prepare for and design purposeful number talks; and
  • how to develop grade-level-specific strategies for the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
Number Talks supports the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

Facilitator's Guide
While the book may be used as an independent resource, it is also structured to provide a framework for collaborative learning groups or to provide professional development opportunities through grade-level teams, individual schools, or districts. Chapter 9 serves as a facilitator's resource.

Streaming Video Clips
The online video clips provide a visual platform for teachers to reflect on their current practices and target essential understandings from their readings.

The video clips feature number talks filmed in actual classrooms, grades K, 2, 3, and 5, plus seven bonus tracks highlighting interviews with the author and teachers. Clips range from five to ten minutes in length with a total viewing time of approximately two hours. The resource includes reference tables to help you quickly and easily locate the video clips by chapter and grade level. All video clips can be viewed online using the key code found on page xxii. To learn more about video streaming access, visit

More than 250 pages of user-friendly reproducible dot images and ten frames for grades K-2 from Chapter 4. Reproducibles are sold separately. To learn more, visit


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ISBN: 9781935099659

About the Paperback

Publisher Math Solutions Publications
Publish date 03/01/2014
Pages 440
ISBN-13 9781935099659
ISBN-10 1935099655
Language English

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