Starting the school year with lots of number warm-ups, review, and study creates a sense of enthusiasm and comfort with math study.
One way to foster this work is to make a number quilt. Originally I had planned to use the number card project to create a reference board for numbers 1-100, but while the cards were a terrific first step, the size and complexity didn't provide the "sight-bite" reference board effect I wanted. I wanted the students to create a 100-card exhibit that they could refer to throughout the year as well as a colorful board that would spark regular number talk. Therefore, I created cards like the one at the bottom of the page. Students will complete the cards in the following ways:
|Number cards we started the year with.|
- Color even numbers in yellow.
- Color odd numbers in red.
- If the number is a prime, color the background blue.
- If the number is composite, color the background green.
- If the multiples are even, color yellow.
- If the multiples are odd, color red.
- Make the arrays relative to one another (proportional reasoning)
- Use a calculator to get the multiples. Check it over twice. Write with pencil first, then copy over with a thin line black marker.
- If desired, students could copy, create and/or color these cards using Google Draw.
We will divvy up the numbers so that each child will only make a few cards. I'm looking forward to the colorful study and lots of number talk as we complete the project. The repetition involved in projects like this and the group share lead to deep learning and a sense of comfort and confidence with the concepts included.
If you're interested in creating a number quilt with these cards, copies of the cards are listed below. You may want to enlarge the cards a bit, copy on card stock, and laminate for a great exhibit that will serve as a terrific number reference point and a math-art piece all year long.
Number Card Documents
Student Online Copy: Sign into Google, click this link, click file and make a copy, name card with your number and first name, then double click on card to make a new card.
Example of a Completed Card