1st Edition

Number Sense Routines Building Numerical Literacy Every Day in Grades K-3

By Jessica Shumway Copyright 2011

    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."

    Introduction; Part I: Building Number Sense Through Routines; 1: Number Sense; 2: Improving Number Sense; Part II: Number Sense Routines; 3: Visual Routines; 4: Counting Routines; 5: Playing with Quantities; 6: Calendar and Data Routines; Part III: More than Just the Routine; 7: Learning from Each Other; 8: Planning Responsive Number Sense Routines; Conclusion


    Jessica Shumway has worked as a second-, third-, and fourth-grade classroom teacher and as a mathematics coach for teachers of prekindergarten through fifth-grade students in Texas and at Bailey’s Elementary School in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is currently a doctoral student at Utah State University, where she instructs preservice teachers and studies mathematics education.

    "The insights, tools, and strategies for planning and instruction could be tailored to nearly any group of learners, in any school environment, with any curriculum. The book speaks directly to teachers, but it also has real potential to help parents integrate the development of numerical literacy into daily family routines."

    Teaching Children Mathematics