After reading some articles lately on the LD learner and early math, I decided to make some cards to help students develop well connected number paths. This lead to some thinking around setting up a ‘number path placemat’ as well so that students can use a placemat to help illustrate their path to their thinking.

*Number Path Placemat*

*Number Path Cards*

The intent for the cards is that they are laminated, the placemats are to be laminated but with shiny lamination paper so that you can use dry erase markers on it. These are to be used in conjunction with number lines (both horizontal and vertical) and messy math bins.

**In class uses so far:**

- Used for manipulative based number talks
- Helps to bridge gaps for students who are developing an understanding of number symbols (replaces cards in a number deck for fluency games)
- More or less games to develop magnitude
- Build connections between representations
- Connects physical to illustration which helps to give students ways to develop a path to concreteness fade.

*Manipulative Based Number Talk*

*Money Path Cards*

I wanted to thank several of my colleagues for the articles and for a great discussion that made me want to figure out how to write down how I was ‘seeing’ for the connections in Kathy Richardson’s conceptual development webs.

**Download resources here:**

Number Path Cards

Number Path Placemat

Money Path Cards (without pennies)

**Articles that inspired:**

Evidence-Centred Assesmsent by Kimberly Morrow-Leong (2016)

Three Steps to Mastering Multiplication Facts by Gina Kling and Jennifer M. Bay-Williams (2015)

http://www.usd379.org/view/12129.pdf

Thanks for reading!

Kat Hendry