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Number Talks Cards - Your New Maths Warm Up

Get ready to give your maths warm up routine a shakeup!

Introducing Number Talks Cards!

Do you ever feel as though the start of your numeracy lessons are a little bit… repetitive? Chanting and speed tests have their place, but if you do them all the time they can become less of a challenge, and more of a chore for students.

Number Talks are short, daily Numeracy activities that allow students to have meaningful and highly engaging conversations about mathematics. Simply show students the front of the card, and ask the prompts on the back. These exchanges will lead to the development of more accurate, efficient, and flexible strategies for students.

We have so many options in our Number Talks Resource Collection to suit any topic or learning area! Why look anywhere else?

The Importance of Maths Warm Ups

You wouldn’t ask an athlete to run a race or a singer to go on stage without warming up first!

Some might say that warming-up your students’ maths brains at the start of a numeracy lesson is the most important part of the session.

Warm ups spark student interest before diving into your content, by practising known, related information.

Revising familiar maths content can help students practise their base knowledge, bringing this understanding to the front of their minds so it’s ready to access when they dive into the newer, trickier stuff!

Number Talks Cards

We currently have over 60 different Number Talks Cards resources, and counting!  From numeracy to shape for grades 1 to 7, there’s sure to be something to suit your class and topic. I’ve chosen to feature just a few below, so make sure you head over to the Number Talks Resource Collection and check them out for yourself!

Setting Up Your Number Talks

We have published a set of posters to help your students develop the correct discussion skills to help you with your number talks sessions.

The Number Talks – Hand Signal Poster Pack contains 5 posters to encourage your students to use hand signals to show their thinking process during a number talks session.

To go with these posters, we have also released a brilliant Number Talks – Sentence Starters Poster Pack to encourage your students to use respectful and productive language during number talks sessions!

They even have blank speech bubbles for your class to come up with their own thoughtful sentence starters!

In this teaching resource pack, you’ll find everything you need to get your students started in areas of place value, subitising and number recognition.

These beautiful resources will encourage your students to cement their knowledge of all things number.

Here are just a few of the amazing resources found in this pack:

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Number Talks - Making Numbers Task Cards

Build number sense skills with this set of 20 task cards.

10 pagesYears: 1 - 3

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Number Talks - Comparing Numbers Task Cards

Build number sense skills with this set of 24 task cards.

24 pagesYears: 1 - 2

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Number Talks - Making Ten Task Cards

Build number sense skills with this set of 20 task cards.

10 pagesYears: 1 - 2

Extend your students knowledge of number and place value with the Number Talks Teaching Resource Pack – Grade 2!

They’ll also love the opportunity to solve equations!

Find these resources and more in the Grade 2 resource pack!

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Number Talks - Place Value Task Cards

Build number sense skills with this set of 24 task cards.

24 pagesYears: 1 - 3

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Number Talks - Double Digit Addition Task Cards

Build number sense skills with this set of 24 task cards.

24 pagesYears: 2 - 3

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Number Talks - Fluency to 20 Task Cards

Build number sense skills with this set of 24 task cards.

24 pagesYears: 1 - 2

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Number Talks - Near, Far, and in Between Task Cards

Build number sense skills with this set of 24 task cards.

24 pagesYears: 2 - 3

Your Grade 3 students will need help understanding and revising the concepts of place value, as well as multiplication and fractional reasoning.

Give them the boost they need with these interesting and fun cards!

This teaching resource pack includes:

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Number Talks - Multiplication Representation Task Cards

Build number sense skills with this set of 40 task cards.

20 pagesYears: 2 - 4

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Number Talks - Fraction Task Cards

Build fraction skills with this set of 30 task cards.

30 pagesYears: 3 - 4

Take things up a notch with the Grade 4 resource pack! Your students will love learning more and more about maths as they get older.

Help them stretch their brains with these amazing task cards!

Upper Years

Number Talks Cards for the upper years are available individually on the Teach Starter website.

Check these resources out to help your students broaden their understanding of geometric reasoning, fractional reasoning, division and multiplication, and data analysis.

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Number Talks - Balancing Equations Task Cards

Build number sense skills with this set of 40 task cards.

20 pagesYears: 1 - 2