Dot Plate Workshop: Early Numeracy Concepts

Focus on Math

dot plate workshop 2012This week some of the teachers in the district attended a workshop held here at the SD#60 board office. Our focus for the session was early numeracy, in particular, number relationships that are important for young learners. We focused on these “big four” relationships:
• One more/one less (extending to two more/two less)
• Visual/spatial relationships
• The benchmarks or anchors of 5 and 10
• Whole-part-part

I particularly refer to the whole-part-part relationship in that manner (as opposed to part-part-whole often used by others). I like stating “whole” first because the emphasis of that relationship is that a number can be pulled apart into two smaller parts, not the joining together of two parts to make a larger whole. This distinction is not just a matter of semantics, but rather a spotlighting of the pulling apart. “To conceptualize a number as being made up of two or more…

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