Thanks for joining me! I am going to embark on a math intervention journey here in my blog! I will be writing a number of posts that discuss intervention ideas for the areas of number ID and counting, structuring, adding and subtracting, place value and multiplication and division. Today, I’m going to talk about the first skills we need students to master which is number identification and counting.
Number Identification and Counting
Math is systematical. Each concept relies on the previous concept to prepare students for their future learning. According to the math recovery program, AVMR, students must master number ID and counting before teachers should move on to master structuring. They also classify number ID and counting into 5 constructs (or levels). Students master the constructs throughout different grade levels but it's still important that they be taught in that systematic order before moving on to structuring.
Counting is broken down into to categories, forward number word sequence (FNWS) and backward number word sequence (BNWS). FNWS needs to be mastered by the end of kindergarten and BNWS by the end of 1st. I have a "cheat sheet" chart below that lays out the order number sequencing should be taught in.
Number identification needs to be mastered by the end of third grade. The chart below shows what numbers students should know by grade level/construct.
I love referring to this graph because it helps me to easily see what I should expect from the students I work with as well as what our goals are going to be.
Whole Group Activities:
Math recovery is a small group intervention that can be done within the classroom or in an outside intervention setting. The beauty of it is that it's easy for teachers to implement it into their whole group classroom routines AND small group instruction. Here are some great whole group activities that can help your students with FNWS, BNWS and number identification.
Small Group/Intervention Activities:
Here are some activities that can be easily implemented into one-on-one time or small group instruction:
All interventions need some sort of assessment to be able to determine if it's a good fit intervention for your student(s) or not. Here are a few assessment ideas that can be used as quick checks to make sure students are making progress.
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