Number Visuals

posted Oct 3, 2017, 11:43 AM by Patrick Johnson
Today students watched a video about Brain-Crossing. The video suggests that the most powerful math learning happens when we think about numbers as symbols while also visualizing and drawing the numbers.

Next, students looked at the drawing below. They were asked what number did each drawing represent  (they visually represent the numbers from 1 to 21) and what did see when they looked at that number.

Finally students worked in groups and talked about what they saw in the number and were asked to colour code their math thinking. Many students broke down the number into factors (for example 12 as 3 groups of 4). Others saw shapes in the numbers (for example 9 looks likes 1 large triangle or 3 smaller triangles joined together).