# Swanson Spotlight

## Contact Information

• March 18 - Scholastic Book Orders due!
• March 18 - Spring Fling from 6-8 p.m.
• March 23 - NIFS Field Trip forms due!
• March 23 - Jump Rope for Heart
• March 28 - April 8: Spring Intercession
• April 11 - Students' first day back
• April 12 - PTO Meeting @ 7 p.m.
• April 19 - NIFS Field Trip - More info to come!
• April 21 - Spirit Night @ Ella's Frozen Yogurt 5-8 p.m.

## Math Talk - Quick Look Cards

Mr. Nysewander visited our classroom to introduce a routine called "Math Talk." Math Talk is simply a way for students to have meaningful student-to-student conversations about math, while learning to respect and understand that there is more than one way to correctly approach and solve a problem.

Above, you see Mr. Nysewander with a poster on my classroom window. This 5x2 table is called a "ten frame." A ten frame can be used to develop students' subitizing skills, or their ability to "instantly see how many." Before showing the card to the students, he said he would only let them see it for 3 seconds, and when the 3 seconds was over, he wanted to know what they saw. One student replied, "I saw three dots on top, and three on bottom, so I know there are six dots." Mr. Nysewander wrote "3+3=6" on the chart. He then asked, "Did anyone else see the number differently?" A second student replied, "I saw groups of two up and down." So Mr. Nysewander wrote "2+2+2=6" on the chart. He finished this quick look card by saying, "I know this frame is worth 10, and there were 4 empty spots, so I thought 10-4=6."

We really enjoyed learning about number sense using Quick Look Cards with Mr. Nysewander!

## Try it at Home!

Remind your child that the goal is not to count the dots, but to use their knowledge of numbers (addition and subtraction) to figure out the number of dots on the Quick Look Card. Show your child this Quick Look Card for 3 seconds, and ask your child, "what number you see?"