In this groundbreaking and highly practical book, Number Sense Routines: Building Numerical Literacy Every Day in Grades K-3, author Jessica Shumway proposes that all children have innate number sense which can be developed through daily exercise. Shumway createda series of math routines designed to help young students strengthen and build their facility with numbers. These quick 5, 10, or 15 minute exercises are easy to implement as an add-on to any elementary math curriculum.

Understanding Number Sense: Students with strong number sense understand numbers, how to subitize, relationships among numbers, and number systems. They make reasonable estimates, compute fluently, use reasoning strategies, and use visual models to solve problems. Number Sense Routines supports the early learner by instilling the importance of daily warm-ups and explains how they benefit developing math minds for long-term learning.

Real Classroom Examples: Shumway compiled her classroom observations from around the country. She includes conversations among students who practice number sense routines to illustrate them in action, how children's number sense develops with daily use, and math strategies students learn as they develop their numerical literacy through self-paced practice.

Assessment Strategies: Number Sense Routines demonstrates the importance of listening to your students and knowing what to look for. Teachers will gain a deeper understanding of the underlying math skills and strategies students learn as they develop numerical literacy.

Shumway writes, "As you read, you will step into various classrooms and listen in on students' conversations, which I hope will give you insight into the power of number sense routines and the impact they have on students' number sense development. My hope is that going into the classroom, into students' conversations, and into their thought processes, you will come away with new ideas and tools to use in your own classroom."

chapter |2 pages


part I|27 pages

Building Number Sense Through Routines

chapter 1|7 pages

Number Sense

What Does It Mean?

chapter 2|17 pages

Improving Number Sense

Routines That Are Not Routinized

part II|86 pages

Number Sense Routines

chapter 3|21 pages

Visual Routines

Seeing and Conceptualizing Quantities

chapter 4|24 pages

Counting Routines

Understanding Place Value and the Number System

chapter 5|21 pages

Playing with Quantities

Making Sense of Numbers and Relationships

chapter 6|16 pages

Calendar and Data Routines

Using Numbers Every Day

part III|27 pages

More than Just the Routine

chapter 7|16 pages

Learning from Each Other

Building a Strong Community of Learners Through Math Talk, Mistakes, and Reflections

chapter 8|6 pages

Planning Responsive Number Sense Routines

chapter |3 pages


A Place to Begin