May 02 2016

## The Visual, Fun, Easy, Multi-sensory Way to Learn Addition

This is an intro to a dozen videos on the fabulous Addition on a Number Wheel. **Make FIVES Number Wheel: pairs of numbers that add up to 5 or 15**

This approach is important because:

- Number Wheels are experiential: physically and visually
- It appeal to many kids with a multi-sensory display including coins, fingers and the Number Wheel
- It is fun, beautiful and playful: the best way to learn
- It involves body movement, visual patterns, geoboard play, and worksheets (play sheets)
- There are multiple ways to look at a problem and find answers
- Number Wheels open discussions about Zero and Place Value
- Uses Five and Ten as anchors for learning math

How and Why are Five and Ten used? **Make TENS Number Wheel: Pairs of numbers that add up to 10**

**TEN:**There are only ten number digits here: kids are intimidated by billions of numbers- We have ten fingers: useful as a tool and the basis of our numbering system
- There are ten numbers on a Number Wheel: allows focus on simple patterns in the ones digits without distraction
- There are ten spaces between numbers on the Number Wheel: We start at zero and take ten steps to get back to zero
- Ten pennies equal one dime, a connection to the world of money
**FIVE:**Five is half way to Ten: even simpler, a nickel- We have five fingers on one hand: an easy place to start
- Five is half way around the number wheel: important and true from any number
- Five spaces on half the number wheel: equal space between 0-1, 1-2, 2-3, 3-4 and 4-5: addition is about moving from one number to another
- Important equations to start: Five pennies = 1 nickel, Five Fingers = 1 hand, 5+5=10, 2 nickels= 1 dime, 1 half + 1 half = 1 whole (2 half cookies = 1 cookie)

Larger learning: Students also learn

- Horizontal: Side to side lines
- Vertical: Up and Down lines
- Parallel: like railroad tracks do not cross

Watch for MisterNumbers Youtube videos on Number Wheels

starting on May, 9th 2016