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When?

Discussion Questions: On which day will the package arrive? How do you know? How many days will it take to

Notice?

What do you notice? What do you wonder? What shapes do you see? What else do you see? How many

Triangle Lie Detector

Here is a blank picture if you’d rather create your own prompt. Number talks with @MathBeforeBed 🙂 pic.twitter.com/y9dKYXS9E6 — Grade

Two Truths & One Lie

For example here is one statement: “I see MORE than 9 squares.” Is this a truth or a lie? Here

Familiar Face

Count the number of shapes. Count the number of shapes by colour. Count the number of green triangles that could

A shelf of books

Compare the books. How many small books are here? How many large books? How many do you have?

Missing Squares

This is how one student counted the squares @MathBeforeBed @catholic_hill pic.twitter.com/fZZHmJAqSg — Kirsty Chamberland (@K_Chamberland) December 7, 2017

We Remember

Thinking from young ones: Math Talk today- Counting poppies and seeing patterns @Breslau_Rm8 Thanks @MathBeforeBed for the picture pic.twitter.com/8shjV6K5j0 —

Pumpkin Explosion

\ \ Have your child estimate the number of bands it will hold. What is too high? What is too

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Many Squares

\ \ You can also sum the little squares by adding 1+3+5+7+9+11+13 ((yellow)+(blue)+(green)+(orange)+(red)+(dark blue)+(burgundy)). Since visually this forms a square

Different Sums

\ \ The purple squares can be represented by 1+2+3+4+5+6 and can be visually seen by finding half the area

Jars & Tops

\ \ Do you see any patterns? How many tops? How many jars?

Lite-Brite Shapes

\ \ Download free printables to use in your Lite-Brite. You still have one right?\ \ \ \ or have

Longest Line?

\ \ Today’s prompt is inspired from Desmos. You can keep this conversation going over on their activity “Exploring Length

Wooden Logs

\ \ Estimate – How many wooded logs are BEHIND the blue rectangle? How did you estimate?

\ \ Encourage counting various types. How many cooked cookies? How many uncooked? How many rows? Columns? As always discuss

Block Tower

\ \ What could you and your child count in this picture? Predict how many more “turns” until it falls

Big & Little

\ \ What measurements will help you out? Volume? Length? How will you and your child compare? How many times

Complete the Square

\ \ How many little squares are there in total after completing the big square? What are other square numbers?

Triangle Cover

\ \ For a video version of this prompt check out the twitter feed here.

More Squares

\ \ How did you create the red squares? Draw a diagram to show your thinking.

Putting it on the Line

\ \ For more activities like this please check out clotheslinemath.com and Estimation180.com/clothesline

Two Cubes

\ \ Extensions:How many more yellow squares do you need to add to the big cube to make the big

Take the Shorter Path

Thinking: First we learned about & physically did positional language(left, up,forward) then we connected it to coding(which we do a

Lego Width

\ \ Extension: How many Lego figures will fill the board?

Lego Width

\ \ How many Lego Figures will reach the top of the board? What number is too high? What number