• A Demonstration NumberSense Lesson

    An overview of a complete “NumberSense lesson” for the Intermediate Phase.

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  • Managing an Intermediate Phase Classroom: Concept Development

    In the Intermediate Phase there are typically four different kinds of pages in the NumberSense Workbooks:

    • NumberSense Workbook pages
      • Practice pages,
      • Calculation strategy pages, and
      • Concept development pages
        • Fractions,
        • Pre-algebra patterning,
        • Ratio, rate etc.
    • NumberSense Companion

    Each of these pages has a specific management / teaching approach associated with it.

    Concept Development
    It goes without saying, that throughout the workbooks, we are supporting students to develop mathematical concepts (knowledge, skills etc.). Key concepts that are being developed in the Intermediate Phase include:

    • The fraction concept
    • Pre-algebraic thinking (patterns and patterning)
    • Ratio

    The methodology of the NumberSense Programme is to use activities (situations/problems) to “reveal” mathematics vs. “telling” students “how to do” certain procedures. In this spirit concepts are developed gradually and over a long period of time (along well defined developmental trajectories), with students developing an increasingly rich and deep understanding of the concept.

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  • Managing an Intermediate Phase Classroom: Practice

    In the Intermediate Phase there are typically four different kinds of pages in the NumberSense Workbooks:

    • NumberSense Workbook pages
      • Practice pages,
      • Calculation strategy pages, and
      • Concept development pages
        • Fractions,
        • Pre-algebra patterning,
        • Ratio, rate etc.
    • NumberSense Companion

    Each of these pages has a specific management / teaching approach associated with it.

    Practice Pages

    In each NumberSense Workbook there are a large number of pages whose purpose is simply to provide practice on concepts and skills that students should already be familiar with. The pages typically include activities that provide practice with:

    • Counting
    • Calculations
    • Measurement
    • Other mathematics that should be familiar
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  • Managing an Intermediate Phase Classroom: Calculation Strategies

    In the Intermediate Phase there are typically four different kinds of pages in the NumberSense Workbooks:

    • NumberSense Workbook pages
      • Practice pages,
      • Calculation strategy pages, and
      • Concept development pages
        • Fractions,
        • Pre-algebra patterning,
        • Ratio, rate etc.
    • NumberSense Companion

    Each of these pages has a specific management / teaching approach associated with it.

    Calculation Strategies

    Foundational to all mathematics is a sense of number, which includes the ability to calculate fluently and flexibly – a strong mental arithmetic! As we move beyond Grade 3, the calculation strategies that we developed in the earlier years are no longer sufficient for the increasing number range in which we are working. The calculation strategy pages provide students with exposure to an increasing range of mental mathematics strategies.

    See the Resources tab for a list of the Calculation Strategies in Workbooks 13-24.

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  • Managing an Intermediate Phase Classroom: Companion

    In the Intermediate Phase there are typically four different kinds of pages in the NumberSense Workbooks:

    • NumberSense Workbook pages
      • Practice pages,
      • Calculation strategy pages, and
      • Concept development pages
        • Fractions,
        • Pre-algebra patterning,
        • Ratio, rate etc.
    • NumberSense Companion

    Each of these pages has a specific management / teaching approach associated with it.

    Companion Pages

    The NumberSense Companion Workbooks deal with:

    • Space and Shape (Geometry)
    • Measurement
    • Data Handling

    In the Foundation Phase, learning in these areas was largely activity based – children learning through play. In the Intermediate Phase we shift from “free play” to more “focused play” (investigations).

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