Lesson 12

Number Talk

Lesson Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is for students to use patterns, structure, and understanding of properties of operations to design a series of expressions for a Number Talk activity.

Lesson Narrative

This lesson provides an opportunity to listen to ways in which students make use of structure and repeated reasoning to design a Number Talk. In the warm-up, students are given a typical Number Talk with four expressions and discuss how the expressions are related. In the first activity, students practice anticipating the different ways someone might reason about addition and subtraction for a group of expressions and create expressions that would fit with the given string of expressions. In the final two activities, students are given incomplete sets with a decreasing number of expressions and asked to write new expressions to create a Number Talk activity. This lesson can take 1–2 days if students facilitate their creations with other groups.
  • Action and Expression
  • MLR7

Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

  • Apply understanding of addition, subtraction, multipilcation, and division to create a Number Talk activity.

Student Facing

  • Let’s create our own Number Talks.

Required Preparation

CCSS Standards

Lesson Timeline

Warm-up 10 min
Activity 1 20 min
Activity 2 15 min
Activity 3 30 min
Lesson Synthesis 10 min
Cool-down 5 min

Teacher Reflection Questions

Think about two questions you asked students today: a question that yielded insight into student thinking and one that you wish you had framed differently. How do the questions compare? How would you ask the latter differently to elicit the desired reasoning or insight?

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